October 12, 2006
In Memory of the USS Cole
United States Navy's Personnel
Who lost their lives
on the USS Cole (DDG 67)
12 October 2000
On Thursday, October 12, 2000, 17 of our Nation's finest were killed in a terrorist attack on the USS Cole, docked in the port of Yemen to take on fuel.
We must never forget these brave young men and women, they gave us their all.
|Cherone Louis Gunn
Signalman Seaman Recruit
|James Rodrick McDaniels
|Timothy Lamont Saunders
|Lakiba Nicole Palmer
San Diego, Ca.
Chief Electronics Technician
|Craig Bryan Wibberley
|Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr.
|Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter
Hull Maintenance Technician
|Lakeina Monique Francis
Mess Management Spec.
|Timothy Lee Gauna
Information Systems Technician
|Marc Ian Nieto
Engineman 2nd Class
Fond du Lac, Wis.
|Ronald Scott Owens
Electronics Warfare Technician
Vero Beach, Fla.
|Joshua Langdon Parlett,
|Patrick Howard Roy
|Kevin Shawn Rux
Elect. Warfare Tech
|Ronchester Mananga Santiago
Mess Management Specialist
"Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidst the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea."
The bombing of the USS Cole was a deliberate act of war by al-Qaeda, and it went ignored and unavenged by the Clinton Administration. I'm sure he pointed his finger as he said "If, as it now appears, this was an act of terrorism, it was a despicable and cowardly act. We will find out who was responsible and hold them accountable." Except he did nothing.
On November 3, 2002, under the Bush Administration, the CIA fired a AGM-114 Hellfire missile from a Predator UAV at a vehicle carrying Abu Ali al-Harithi, a suspected planner of the bombing plot. Also in the vehicle was Ahmed Hijazi, a U.S. citizen. Both were killed. This operation was carried out on Yemeni soil.
On September 29, 2004, a Yemeni judge sentenced Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Jamal al-Badawi to death for their roles in the bombing. Al-Nashiri, believed to be the operation's mastermind, is currently being held by the U.S. at an undisclosed location. Al-Badawi, in Yemeni custody, denounced the verdict as "an American one." Four others were sentenced to prison terms of five to 10 years for their involvement, including one Yemeni who had videotaped the attack.
On February 3, 2006, 23 suspected or convicted Al-Qaeda members escaped from jail in Yemen. This number included 13 who were convicted of the USS Cole bombings and the bombing of the French tanker Limburg in 2002. Among those who reportedly escaped was Al-Badawi. For more on this, please read this article on the escape by Jane Novak, of Armies of Liberation.
And Clinton is still pointing his finger.
Posted by LindaSoG at October 12, 2006 05:01 AM
Beautiful tribute and your analysis is right on target.
Posted by: beth at October 12, 2006 04:25 PM
I was on the pier when Clinton spoke those words. I knew then he was lying.
Posted by: MCPO Airdale at October 12, 2006 06:46 PM
Thank you Beth, and G-d Bless you MCPO, you were right.
Posted by: LindaSoG at October 12, 2006 08:28 PM
Really well done, Linda. Thanks for putting in their pictures too--it reminds people that they're not just a number.
It's unreal that thirteen of the murderers are running free, probably under protection of one of the rogue governments over there. Disgusting.
Posted by: Beth at October 12, 2006 09:43 PM
This is such an awesome tribute, thank you Linda. Yes Clinton is still pointing his finger, someone please hand that fool a mirror.
Posted by: Jack at October 14, 2006 03:32 AM