Remember The Cole: 10 Years

posted at 12:15 pm on October 12, 2010 by Cassy Fiano

10 years ago today, two Al Qaeda terrorists pulled alongside the USS Cole during a routine refueling in Aden, Yemen and detonated a suicide bomb. It was the deadliest attack on a United States naval vessel since 1987.

17 sailors were killed. 39 more were wounded. The 17 sailors who died left behind 11 children. Never forget the names of the fallen who gave their lives in service to our country.

1. Electronics Technician 1st Class Richard Costelow
2. Mess Management Specialist Lakina Francis
3. Information Systems Technician Tim Guana
4. Signalman Seaman Recruit Cherone Gunn
5. Seaman James McDaniels
6. Engineman 2nd Class Mark Nieto
7. Electronics Warfare Technician 3rd Class Ronald Owens
8. Seaman Recruit Lakiba Parker
9. Engineman Fireman Joshua Parlett
10. Fireman Apprentice Patrick Roy
11. Electronics Warfare Technician Kevin Rux
12. Petty Officer 3rd Class Ron Santiago
13. Operations Special 2nd Class Timothy Sanders
14. Fireman Gary Swenchonis Jr
15. Ensign Andrew Triplett
16. Seaman Apprentice Craig Wibberly
17. Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Clodfelter.

This was a deliberate act of war by the Al Qaeda organization, and it went ignored by the Clinton administration. The Bush administration responded on November 3, 2002, when 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 and Ahmed Hijazi, a U.S. citizen. Both men died. Now, the Obama administration has shelved prosecution of Abd al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the bombing.

Indeed, October 12 has become a forgotten day of infamy. Don’t let the memory of the horror of that day fade away, and don’t let the memories of the sailors who were murdered die. Remember their sacrifices today. Remember the Cole.

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I remember loyal muslim Americans were dancing in the street in Lemon Grove, California.

Blake on October 12, 2010 at 12:18 PM

I was stationed at Ft Bragg at the time of this bombing and remember exactly where I was when it happened. I was at Robinson Health Clinic. We initially thought that an aircraft had dropped bombs onto the deck of a Navy ship by mistake. This was a terrible act of war against the property of the United States that resulted in the deaths of American servicemen and women. The failure to pursue this aggressively contributed to the further emboldening of Al Qaeda and allowed its further plans to be realized a short 11 mos later on 9/11/01.

ted c on October 12, 2010 at 12:19 PM

The left doesn’t want us to remember these man-caused disasters because it will only lead to repression and marginalization of someone, somewhere. Or something.

Bishop on October 12, 2010 at 12:19 PM

This still Piss’s me off,the way the charges were dropped!!

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 12:21 PM

It is a great puzzle to me why this bombing is not given more remembrance and thought.

ORconservative on October 12, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Was it really only 10 years ago? The angst from those attacks seems to stretch further back than merely a decade.

The Cole terrorism was on Clinton’s guard. Given his reaction, did he expect the attack to somehow help Gore?

RIP to the fallen, and best wishes to their children’s future.

maverick muse on October 12, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Remember the Cole!

And remember the two Democratic Administrations who chose not to!

pilamaye on October 12, 2010 at 12:25 PM

This happened 4 days before I shipped off to boot camp at Great Lakes. Throughout my training, we were admonished to remember the Cole – and believe me, I’ve never forgotten.

However, it sure as hell feels as if those in government have forgotten about the USS Cole – there has yet to be any justice for the families of the victims. The whole thing makes my blood boil.

Anna on October 12, 2010 at 12:26 PM

A great page,links,loading the Cole on another ship,
to bring back to America’s dry dock,and damage images!!
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USS Cole (DDG-67)
Tragedy & Honor

The United States Navy Has Brought Home Its Own

INDEX To The Attack On USS Cole (DDG-67)

Memorials

USS Cole Memorial
USS Cole Official Site

USS Cole Memorial – The Fallen Heros

Message from Commanding Officer – Cmdr. Kirk Lippold
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http://www.cargolaw.com/2000nightmare_cole.html

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Maybe if Clinton had done something about this Muslim-supremacist caused disaster, Sept 11, 2001 may have never happened…

Chip on October 12, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Thank you for posting this.

Craniac on October 12, 2010 at 12:30 PM

It’s also the anniversary of the Bali Bombing.

Tony737 on October 12, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Thank you Cassy. This day always makes me sad. I can only imagine the grief of the families.

conservative pilgrim on October 12, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Charges Dropped Against USS Cole Bombing Suspect

Published February 05, 2009
|FOXNews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/02/05/charges-dropped-uss-cole-bombing-suspect/
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Notice,how soon after Obama was sworn in,yes I know Crazy
Talk.(sarc).
—————-

Obama withdraws charges against Nashiri, for now

President Obama will meet today with victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the USS Cole bombing and their families as his administration reviews how to handle detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/02/06/obama-withdraws-charges-against-nashiri-for-now/

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Great post Cassy!..Glad it got promoted to the Big Leagues!..:)

Dire Straits on October 12, 2010 at 12:39 PM

It’s also the anniversary of the Bali Bombing.

Tony737 on October 12, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Tony737:Thanks for that,I forgot:)

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Also remember:
Robert Dean Stethem, United States Navy. He was tortured then shot to death by terrorists who hijacked a commercial airline on June 15, 1985. These terrorists weren’t brought to justice either.

tgillian on October 12, 2010 at 12:41 PM

It is a great puzzle to me why this bombing is not given more remembrance and thought.

ORconservative on October 12, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Maybe because Billy Clinton is pounding the pavement for democratics this month, as their last hope to hold back the wave?

slickwillie2001 on October 12, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Also remember:
Robert Dean Stethem, United States Navy. He was tortured then shot to death by terrorists who hijacked a commercial airline on June 15, 1985. These terrorists weren’t brought to justice either.

tgillian on October 12, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I distinctly remember my dad’s reaction to seeing that guys body dumped from the door of that plane onto the tarmac. I had never seen him act “shocked” before until he saw that.

ted c on October 12, 2010 at 12:52 PM

The Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter memorial bridge is about 1/2 mile from my house and I pass over it at least once a week. Every time I drive across it, I think of the USS Cole. I suspect that I’m not the only one.

Physics Geek on October 12, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Also remember:
Robert Dean Stethem, United States Navy. He was tortured then shot to death by terrorists who hijacked a commercial airline on June 15, 1985. These terrorists weren’t brought to justice either.

tgillian on October 12, 2010 at 12:41 PM

tgillian: Yup,the list is too long,against Americans,
I do remember that one!:)
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http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/rdstethe.htm

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 12:55 PM

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Here are some of the Navy’s finest in action..Along with others..:)

Dire Straits on October 12, 2010 at 12:57 PM

What protocol ever allowed unauthorized boats in a hostile port to come so close to any U.S. Naval ship?

It’s as if the military planners didn’t have a grasp of the enemy.

As they still don’t.

profitsbeard on October 12, 2010 at 12:59 PM

On the same topic of ‘remember’, the Ft Hood murderer is getting his day in court and those he tried to kill are testifying today what happend.

To those who were killed on the Cole, I pray God will hold them in His arms and comfort the families.

L

letget on October 12, 2010 at 1:01 PM

For what its worth, TNA wrestler Jesse Neal constantly reminds people of this as one of the deceased was a close friend.

Kendrick on October 12, 2010 at 1:06 PM

What protocol ever allowed unauthorized boats in a hostile port to come so close to any U.S. Naval ship?

It’s as if the military planners didn’t have a grasp of the enemy.

As they still don’t.

profitsbeard on October 12, 2010 at 12:59 PM

profitsbeard: That has been a nagging thought to this day,
if only someone,disobeyed orders and unloaded
a .50 caliber on that small boat!:)

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 1:11 PM

A particularly shameful moment for Clinton, which is saying something since the scumbag had them weekly. Stuff like this and Gothic Serpent are why I get so annoyed when people act like Clinton wasn’t such a bad President.
He wasn’t a bad President, he was a terrible, cowardly, perverted one.

Grayson on October 12, 2010 at 1:19 PM

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 12:55 PM
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Here are some of the Navy’s finest in action..Along with others..:)

Dire Straits on October 12, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Dire Straits: Awsome,thanks,a quick story,my dad and I
were up pretty high,thankfully high enough,
when I was 7,or 8,grabbed the controls,and
stood it over on the nose,after my dad reco
vered the dive,which could of killed us,and
said I always wanted to do that!!-:)

Heres the type!
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Globe Swift

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globe_Swift

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 1:22 PM

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 1:22 PM

You were very daring at 7 years old..:)..That is a cool story!..Scary but cool..:)

Dire Straits on October 12, 2010 at 1:27 PM

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 1:22 PM
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You were very daring at 7 years old..:)..That is a cool story!..Scary but cool..:)

Dire Straits on October 12, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Dire Straits: In my mind,to this day,one of my stellar
idiotcy’s of my life,glad to be here,rem
iniscing it:)

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Has our “Cousin Eddie” Presidente had anything to say on this solemn day?

Allah Ahkbar?

Anything?

dhunter on October 12, 2010 at 2:56 PM

“This was a deliberate act of war by the Al Qaeda organization, and it went ignored by the Clinton administration.”
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Yeah, all those FBI guys who risked life and limb investigating the bombing in Aden in the following days and weeks are just a figment of everyone’s imagination.

How come your giant intellect isn’t complaining that it took Bush about 2 years to respond?

You’re such a partisan hack idiot.

Dave Rywall on October 12, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Thanks, Cassy. Fair winds and following seas to the families of the shipmates who didn’t come back.

Something not so visible to the public about the Cole is that her being in Aden for resupply was a function of the Navy’s post-Cold War shrinkage, a process enthusiastically embraced by the Clinton administration.

Retiring many of the fleet supply ships was one big part of that. There are fewer overall than there once were, in spite of the fact that the Navy’s national security requirements have remained steady. The concept of the carrier strike group (then called the carrier battle group) has been gradually defined down as well, meaning that escort ships like the Cole are frequently operating by themselves, far away from dedicated supply-ship support.

The supply ships are tethered to areas on a priority basis, with maritime theaters like the Persian Gulf and East Asia getting priority. They’re not specifically tied to the “big-deck” ships — carriers and amphibious command ships — but the big-decks are normally to be found operating in the priority theaters to begin with. Smaller ships like the Cole are the ones most likely to be off operating somewhere out of range of a supply ship.

So the escort ships pull into regional ports for resupply, which is what Cole was doing in Aden in October 2000. The Navy does take security precautions now that weren’t in place before, and has a working law-enforcement relationship with the relevant port and national authorities. But for military cost-cutting purposes, we’ve accepted being heavily dependent on some iffy regional nations for our maritime logistics.

This isn’t the only realm in which our logistics tail is vulnerable, as we saw last week when Pakistan closed the border crossing into Afghanistan and the NATO supply convoys were atacked. The Russians hold a hammer over every other logistics route into or out of Afghanistan. The Air Force has forward bases in parts of Asia most Americans don’t even know about.

We can hope that nothing goes south with these exposed logistic lines. But we continue to operate in most theaters as if the world is an unthreatening place and we can rely on it to stay that way. What Cole should have taught us is that that’s a high-risk assumption.

J.E. Dyer on October 12, 2010 at 3:00 PM

How come your giant intellect isn’t complaining that it took Bush about 2 years to respond?

You’re such a partisan hack idiot.

Dave Rywall on October 12, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Bush wasn’t President when the Cole was attacked, Uncle Red.
And the “9/11 Commission” was a joke, so don’t try citing them.

Tell us again how you would have had Bush prevent the 9/11 attacks.

Del Dolemonte on October 12, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Bush wasn’t President when the Cole was attacked, Uncle Red.
And the “9/11 Commission” was a joke, so don’t try citing them.

Tell us again how you would have had Bush prevent the 9/11 attacks.

Del Dolemonte on October 12, 2010 at 4:28 PM
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I never said Bush was president when the Cole was attacked.

Fiano the hack impatiently whined that Clinton took no action in what time remained in his term, yet had no problems with the amount of time it took Bush to “respond”.

Just because Clinton didn’t fire some missiles at some training camp a week after the attack doesn’t mean there wasn’t heavy investigating going on 24/7. Only a f*cking partisan jacka*s would suggest that. And that jacka*s is the person who wrote a partisan piece disguised as really caring.

Dave Rywall on October 12, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I remember Al Gore’s slimy lawyers trying to block the ballots of US soldiers overseas, including those of the USS Cole, during the Florida fiasco of 2000.

ToddonCapeCod on October 12, 2010 at 10:26 PM