Awesome: Colombian army duped FARC by wearing … Che t-shirts

posted at 12:20 pm on July 3, 2008 by Allahpundit

Shouldn’t the shirts have tipped them off? Nothing says “decadent western capitalist stooge” quite like Che gear.

Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos told reporters earlier in the day that the rescue mission had been made possible by “a special intelligence” operation that had penetrated the highest reaches of the FARC, including the group’s seven-man directorate and one of the rings of specialized rebel units entrusted with guarding hostages. Santos said that ring, commanded by a rebel known by the alias Cesar, was tricked into believing that the FARC’s leader had called for the hostages to be brought to him.

Yesterday, two white helicopters arrived in a jungle clearing where the hostages were being held. The men in the helicopters looked like guerrillas, Betancourt later said, describing details of the rescue at the military airport.

“Absolutely surreal,” she said, noting that some of the men who got off the helicopter wore T-shirts emblazoned with the iconic image of the Argentine revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara. “I thought this was the FARC,” she said.

Their hands bound, the hostages were forced aboard the helicopters, wondering where they would be taken next in their long ordeal. But once aboard, Betancourt said, Cesar and another guerrilla were overpowered and the crewmen announced that the passengers were now free. “The chief of the operation said: ‘We’re the national army. You’re free,’ ” she said. “The helicopter almost fell from the sky because we were jumping up and down, yelling, crying, hugging one another. We couldn’t believe it.”

American troops helped with planning and “troubleshooting,” according to the U.S. ambassador to Colombia. The only way the operation could have been any more gratifying? Chavez t-shirts.

Speaking of which, Geraghty seizes on Obama’s statement congratulating Colombia with this irresistible headline: “I Salute Uribe Freeing Hostages From Group Whose Sponsor I Will Meet.” On the other side of the coin, I agree that McCain showed commendable restraint in not trying to exploit the rescue by insinuating himself into the aftermath even though he was in the neighborhood. Whether that was an instinctive touch of class or just smart politics (or, most likely, both), it was well played.


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I’m wearing one right now! Except mine says “THIS SHIRT BROUGHT TO YOU BY CAPITALSM.”

The neo-hippies never get the joke. Morons.

robblefarian on July 3, 2008 at 12:24 PM

I hope someone markets a version of the T-shirt that says under the picture:

“I’m from the Colombian government, and I’m here to rescue you.”

Wethal on July 3, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Why didn’t they just ‘Daisy Cutter’ the place after they got the hostages into the air?

cntrlfrk on July 3, 2008 at 12:26 PM

I had the biggest out-loud laugh in a long time when I heard this in my car this morning.

Grafted on July 3, 2008 at 12:26 PM

LOL

remarkable moment

maverick muse on July 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Whether that was an instinctive touch of class or just smart politics (or, most likely, both), it was well played.

Well played indeed. Former hostage simply wanted other hostages free. That’s my opinion. Not a single photo op or sound byte. All class.

The account at the BBC was gripping. Big tip of the ‘ol hat to the Colombian military. Their U.S. and Israeli trainers must be right proud of the class.

Limerick on July 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAA!!!

Brat on July 3, 2008 at 12:29 PM

For all your revolutionary needs……….

……. only in America.

Seven Percent Solution on July 3, 2008 at 12:30 PM

While I too am amused that “Che-T shirts” helped save these people, I am more concerned that the media had completely forgotten about these people. Not even when it was discovered the Hugo Chavez was contributing aid to FARK did the mainstream media mention that FARC was holding hostages including Americans.

It appears that the FARK guards holding our fellow citizens aren’t the only people who were in the dark about what was happening in Columbia.

lawman2 on July 3, 2008 at 12:31 PM

The Obama volunteers who work in offices adorned with pictures of Che can’t be too happy about this.

Not that I care a wit of what they think or feel

ToddonCapeCod on July 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM

robblefarian on July 3, 2008 at 12:24 PM

DO they make womens shirts? Now that is a che shirt worth sporting!

upinak on July 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Maybe if I buy one I can get in to the Dem convention without being obvious.

BobK on July 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM

They thought Sean Penn and his Hollywood crowd was coming to visit…

right2bright on July 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM

This is just too rich. There’s no dumb like marxist dumb.

MarkTheGreat on July 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM

This is such a grrrreat story. McCain should milk this in one respect – it’s fair game to connect Che’ tee shirts with the Obama campaign, and to remind voters of that embarrassing stuff found on the FARC computers.

Buy Danish on July 3, 2008 at 12:33 PM

If anyone would be sensitive to the needs of hostages being released after a long captivity, it would be John McCain.

MarkTheGreat on July 3, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Why didn’t they just ‘Daisy Cutter’ the place after they got the hostages into the air?

Because there’s still about 85 hostages they didn’t get out and it’s hoped that playing nice will spare their lives.

Quisp on July 3, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Now terrorists will have nothing to wear. Their uniform has been compromised.

infidel on July 3, 2008 at 12:34 PM

A GREAT deed and a great day for everyone involved and everyone who was freed.

Happy Independence Day!!

Rogue Traveler on July 3, 2008 at 12:34 PM

That is funniest thing ever.

Life will never be the same.

Damn!

Shivas Irons on July 3, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Nothing says “decadent western capitalist stooge” quite like Che gear.

LMFAO!!! Great line, great story.

thirteen28 on July 3, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Why didn’t they just ‘Daisy Cutter’ the place after they got the hostages into the air?

cntrlfrk on July 3, 2008 at 12:26 PM

I have a suspicion that some of those FARC terrorists they decided to let go were actually government agents. The whole “mercy” angle doesn’t make much sense.

18-1 on July 3, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Maybe they bought the shirts from the ‘two gringos’ that met with FARC and discussed Obama’s campaign.

michaelo on July 3, 2008 at 12:35 PM

If McCain had had any political skills he would have been wearing a CHE (with the red circle and cross-out line over the terrorist-murderer’s face) shirt immediately after this operation succeeded, while laughing about this psyops ingenuity.

(Or would that alienate too many indecisive Dem swing votes?)

profitsbeard on July 3, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Were the tshirts made by kids in sweatshops? How dare those Colombian imperialists use kids that way!

SouthernGent on July 3, 2008 at 12:36 PM

upinak on July 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Get one of these. I know I always either get a laugh or dirty looks.

http://www.blackfive.net/main/2008/05/blackfive-gear.html

Rogue Traveler on July 3, 2008 at 12:36 PM

The whole “mercy” angle doesn’t make much sense.

18-1 on July 3, 2008 at 12:35 PM

It also sows paranoia. Who-is-and-who-isn’t must be the game of the day in the coca fields now.

Limerick on July 3, 2008 at 12:37 PM

I wonder if they got the shirts from a Obama campaign office

Kini on July 3, 2008 at 12:39 PM

michaelo on July 3, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Were they wearing Sambraos? Did I even spell that right!

upinak on July 3, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Rogue Traveler on July 3, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Awesome! Living in Califor-laska…. I may get dirty looks but half these idiots up here are too stoned to do anything.

upinak on July 3, 2008 at 12:41 PM

I wonder, did Jimah kicked the dog over this story?

Fourth of July tomorrow. This raid gives us another reason to fly the flag, to honor friends.

Thanks, Colombia.

Limerick on July 3, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Simply gorgeous. I praise the joy they must have felt.

Urban Infidel on July 3, 2008 at 12:42 PM

What is the world coming to when you can’t even trust a Che Guevara wearer to be a commie?

Maxx on July 3, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Kini on July 3, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Wouldn’t that have been declared “inartFARCful” by Barry?

Brat on July 3, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Limerick on July 3, 2008 at 12:42 PM

In a Che like revolutionary strategy, he probably kicked it after he hit it with a paddle in the water.

You know those bunnies …. teaching dogs their old tricks!

upinak on July 3, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Shouldn’t the shirts have tipped them off? Nothing says “decadent western capitalist stooge” quite like Che gear.

this is very funny or sad when one is reminded of Obama’s Texas office

Topsecretk9 on July 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM

This rescue was meticulously planned. Apparently part of the plan was to pretend that the helocopters were supplied by some international NGO that the Colombian government would allow to fly over its airspace.

Which tells me that FARC has been using NGO’s to support thier effortst to the point that they would allow non FARC members to fly them anywhere.

Saw something as well about “Israeli tracking devices.” apparently there is some kind of technology that has been developed that increases the ability to track individuals. Might explain Israel’s success in hunting terrorist leaders themselves and overall upgrade in the WOT.

William Amos on July 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM

As awesome as this is, I wish we wouldn’t talk about strategies used by the good guys. Cool ideas like this are valuable, and best kept quiet. Loose lips sink ships.

dave_lantos on July 3, 2008 at 12:48 PM

William Amos on July 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM

William there is a device on UAV’s that can keep track of individuals tempuratures, which the camera and tempurature guages can hone in on. One way they may be keeping track…. or at least what I have read.
You know how the internet is.

upinak on July 3, 2008 at 12:50 PM

LULZ!

BohicaTwentyTwo on July 3, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Nothing says “decadent western capitalist stooge” quite like Che gear.

LOL
I love this site. If I evah need a laugh I just click over here.

inviolet on July 3, 2008 at 12:51 PM

I like this version of the Che T-shirt.

abinitioadinfinitum on July 3, 2008 at 12:52 PM

William Amos on July 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Interesting take. Just a few days ago the Israeli government gave out their highest defense awards. All hush hush mum mum stuff. They didn’t even ID the folks who got the rewards but one of the hinted at projects was something very similar to what you just pointed out. (The Israeli’s train with Colombia, mostly air force).

Limerick on July 3, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Lest we forget:
Obama’s campaign headquarters.

right2bright on July 3, 2008 at 12:53 PM

This story = awesome!!

The Israeli technology and ingenuity (Hi, Entebbe!) certainly influenced this rescue. Where are all the people condemning Israel yesterday when three Israelis died during the Palestinian attack? Come on, people, you need to condemn the rescue of these hostages. Can’t have anything Israeli sound good.

P.S. Che shirts in this rescue – icing on the cake.

mjk on July 3, 2008 at 12:57 PM

inviolet on July 3, 2008 at 12:51 PM

If I make a t-shirt with that, do I have to pay Allah royalties!

upinak on July 3, 2008 at 12:59 PM

How embarrasing for leftist totalitarians everywhere! Interesting how Colombia is becoming the Israel of South America….

Think_b4_speaking on July 3, 2008 at 1:00 PM

I wanted a T-shirt with his picture, and the caption ‘Bloodthirsty Murderer’, but went with the ‘Viva Reagan’ model instead.

Think_b4_speaking on July 3, 2008 at 1:03 PM

upinak on July 3, 2008 at 12:41 PM

It’s always dirty looks. Half don’t even know that Che did anything but ride a motorcycle and hate America.

The worst I had was some 40 something hippie walk up and start spouting off about America’s evil corporate empire building etc. etc. She started talking about “If Che were alive today” and I stopped her with a smile and said “Yes, but thank God that murdering communist is in Hell with Lenin and Stalin, so we don’t have to worry about that part of this conversation”. She was so angry she looked like she was going to pop.

Good times. :)

Rogue Traveler on July 3, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Uribe is showing people what a competent President looks like

pat on July 3, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Now terrorists will have nothing to wear. Their uniform has been compromised.

infidel on July 3, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Now terrorists Democrats will have nothing to wear. Their uniform has been compromised. There, fixed that for you …..

Ghostbuster on July 3, 2008 at 1:10 PM

I wanted a T-shirt with his picture, and the caption ‘Bloodthirsty Murderer’, but went with the ‘Viva Reagan’ model instead.

You gotta love freedom fighters with a sense of irony.

My college student son, a fourth generation anti-Communist, wears a t-shirt depicting Peter Griffin of “Family Guy” as Che.

Terrie on July 3, 2008 at 1:17 PM

upinak on July 3, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Prolly! :)

inviolet on July 3, 2008 at 1:17 PM

You can buy a proper t-shirt here. I’ve suggested they need to have a small fundraiser to send the ‘DouChe’ t-shirts to the Colombian securit force as thanks for freeing 3 Americans.

michaelo on July 3, 2008 at 1:17 PM

For all your revolutionary needs……….

……. only in America.

Seven Percent Solution on July 3, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Oh, you gotta check out Che-Mart!

Oh and the ghost of Che has a lot to say about current events, too.

It’s great that the Colombians seized on this opportunity. Congratulations!

NTWR on July 3, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Finally someone found a use for that dead sack of crap.

Claypigeon on July 3, 2008 at 1:25 PM

upinak, I get all my shirts from here:

http://thoseshirts.com/

They are very well made, good quality shirts.

robblefarian on July 3, 2008 at 1:25 PM

robblefarian on July 3, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Oh crud, I forgot about those shirts! Thanks for the reminder!

upinak on July 3, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Che was good for something. May the ants never leave him alone.

Entelechy on July 3, 2008 at 1:41 PM

… the crewmen announced that the passengers were now free.

We can only imagine what that must’ve been like.

Tony737 on July 3, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Awesomely awesome awesomeness.

CP on July 3, 2008 at 1:57 PM

I don’t know who this ‘Che’ guy is but he sells a lot of tee shirts..

(yes, I know who he is)

My favorite take of him so far is of Alfred E. Newmann as ‘Che’ on the cover of “Mad” magazine (now in color and advertising.. two revolutionary concepts that will surely change the printing industry) a few months back..

DaveC on July 3, 2008 at 2:05 PM

The Israeli technology and ingenuity (Hi, Entebbe!) certainly influenced this rescue. Where are all the people condemning Israel yesterday when three Israelis died during the Palestinian attack? Come on, people, you need to condemn the rescue of these hostages. Can’t have anything Israeli sound good.

Still waiting…..

mjk on July 3, 2008 at 2:25 PM

… the crewmen announced that the passengers were now free.

We can only imagine what that must’ve been like.

Tony737 on July 3, 2008 at 1:48 PM

That’s what I was thinking when I first read about it. It brought tears to my eyes.

Rogue Traveler on July 3, 2008 at 2:32 PM

“The helicopter almost fell from the sky because we were jumping up and down, yelling, crying, hugging one another. We couldn’t believe it.”

Oh goodness, what a moment!

FARC is done for!

Speaking of taking credit, just wait until your hear Bill Richardson on Fox today trying every way possible to take his share of credit for his little excursion to chat up Hugo last April before his big ploy to intercede in the release, that failed. That interview is going to back fire on Obama.. might even have to throw Richardson under the bus.

Texas Gal on July 3, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Whether that was an instinctive touch of class or just smart politics (or, most likely, both), it was well played.

More than likely, he was afraid that the eventual reports would show that the Terrorists of FARC were not given their constitutionally guaranteed access to a lawyer or that the good guys cheated in some other way. Hell, McCain throws everybody else under the bus as soon as the Press raises any questions.

Snake307 on July 3, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Entelechy on July 3, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Dung Beetles come to mind as well.

upinak on July 3, 2008 at 2:49 PM

What does Obama’s cronies the Teamsters have to say about our friends down south?

The United States shouldn’t be dealing with regimes that torture and kill its citizens — John McCain should know that better than anyone.”

WoosterOh on July 3, 2008 at 3:06 PM

“I’m from the Colombian government, and I’m here to rescue you.”
Wethal on July 3, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Ha! funny, Thanks.

saus on July 3, 2008 at 3:10 PM

I’ve always favored the t-shirt with ‘Che’ sporting Mickey mouse ears.

plum on July 3, 2008 at 3:13 PM

The Obama volunteers who work in offices adorned with pictures of Che can’t be too happy about this.

ToddonCapeCod on July 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Agreed. Along with the other posters making similar observations.

BowHuntingTexas on July 3, 2008 at 3:25 PM

They thought the recuers were FARC. She knew they weren’t democrats. Democrats wouldn’t have had the balls to pull this off. They just like the fasion statement of a Che’ t-shirt.

roninacreage on July 3, 2008 at 4:04 PM

I hope the crew turned to Betancourt, pointed to her erstwhile captor on the floor of the chopper and told her. “We don’t care if he’s a bit bruised up by the time we land this thing, just don’t break anything.”

michaelo on July 3, 2008 at 4:10 PM

That shirt has been foolin’ people for years.

Suckers!!!!

ej_pez on July 3, 2008 at 4:23 PM

The worst I had was some 40 something hippie walk up and start spouting off about America’s evil corporate empire building etc. etc. She started talking about “If Che were alive today” and I stopped her with a smile and said “Yes, but thank God that murdering communist is in Hell with Lenin and Stalin, so we don’t have to worry about that part of this conversation”. She was so angry she looked like she was going to pop.

Good times. :)

Rogue Traveler on July 3, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Rogue, you magnificent bastard! I would have loved to be there to see that. Good on ya!

MsUnderestimated on July 3, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Crass capitalism defeats slow witted Marxism every time…

What a bunch of chumps.

SuperCool on July 3, 2008 at 4:46 PM

This is a nice birthday gift for America and a real blessing for those hostages and thier loved ones.

Wow! We need a movie or documentary on this one.

CliffHanger on July 3, 2008 at 5:13 PM

Good to see that even that old Communist thug has some uses.

TREGONSEE on July 3, 2008 at 5:40 PM

What delicious irony. Che is in hell feeling just a wee bit hotter now.

Mojave Mark on July 3, 2008 at 5:46 PM

A terrific movie plot, no?
Hollywood: (yawn) “No thanks. We’re busy with Gitmo VI: Bush is the Great Satan.”

whitetop on July 3, 2008 at 7:25 PM

The story is the stuff of which could be made an excellent film. My expectations, however, of Hollywood is that they’ll find some way to make the U.S. look bad, FARC to look well dressed and well mannered (among other things) and the expected Left honoring of Che Guevera, failing to include the fact that Che was a psychotic murderer.

In reality — non theatrical interpretations aside — this is a wonderful event and all I can add is, “well done, Columbia.”

Well…maybe I can add this: “cheburger, cheburger, cheburger!”

Ah, good times, good times.

S on July 3, 2008 at 7:30 PM

I hope ~some~body~ makes sure to send one of these t-shirts to Castro.

S on July 3, 2008 at 7:36 PM

What a proud moment for Colombia! I hope the Democrats don’t demonize one of the few South American countries that love the USA…

CCRWM on July 3, 2008 at 8:48 PM

I’m wearing one right now! Except mine says “THIS SHIRT BROUGHT TO YOU BY CAPITALSM.”

The neo-hippies never get the joke. Morons.

robblefarian on July 3, 2008 at 12:24 PM

I got one woth a red cirlce & line thru Che face and it saying “Commies aren’t cool.”

VikingGoneWild on July 3, 2008 at 8:52 PM

This should become a movie, but Hollywood would never do it.

Still, an independent might do it. Even “Raid on Entebbe” got made, but then Jews defending themselves wasn’t yet verboten at the time.

hadsil on July 3, 2008 at 11:55 PM

This is just too rich. There’s no dumb like marxist dumb.

MarkTheGreat on July 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM

LOL! Academia marxist are even dumber.

greekinfidel on July 4, 2008 at 10:35 PM

This is just too rich. There’s no dumb like marxist dumb.
MarkTheGreat on July 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM

20 million is real dumb…Should have held out for 400 large…!

J_Gocht on July 5, 2008 at 10:20 AM