Let’s continue with the New Yorker’s cub reporter, Nick Schmidle, and his tale of the killing of Bin Laden by America’s hero President, Barry Soetoro Obama, by focusing on the timeline. Worth looking at the story based on the actual local times and the time distance facts.
Let’s start with some basic facts:
1. There is an 8 and one half hour time difference between Jalalabad, Afghanistan and Washington, DC. There is a half hour time difference between Jalalabad and Abbottabad, Pakistan. So, if it is 2300 hours in Jalalabad it is 2330 in Abbotabad and 1430 hours in Washington, DC.
2. The distance from Jalalabad, Afghanistan to Abbottabad, Pakistan is 160 miles.
3. The distance from Jalalabad, Afghanistan to Kabul, Afghanistan (location of Bagram AFB) is 75 miles.
4. The distance from Kabul, Afghanistan to the USS Carl Vinson was at least 725 miles. (Use the distance from Kabul to Karachi and Kabul to Gwadar as distance benchmarks.)
4. A Blackhawk helicopter key performance capabilities:
Maximum speed: 159 kn (183 mph, 295 km/h)
Cruise speed: 150 kn (173 mph, 278 km/h)
Combat radius: 368 mi (320 nmi, 592 km)
Ferry range: 1,380 mi (1,200 nmi, 2,220 km) with ESSS stub wings and external tanks
Service ceiling: 19,000 ft (5,790 m)
5. A V-22 Osprey’s key performance capabilities are:
Maximum speed: 250 knots (463 km/h, 288 mph) at sea level / 305 kn (565 km/h; 351 mph) at 15,000 ft (4,600 m)
Cruise speed: 241 knots (277 mph, 446 km/h) at sea level
Range: 879 nmi (1,011 mi, 1,627 km)
Combat radius: 390 nmi (426 mi, 722 km)
Ferry range: 1,940 nmi (2,230 mi, 3,590 km) with auxiliary internal fuel tanks
Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
Let’s use Nick Schmidle’s chronology and supplement it with what we know from the public record.
1. 2230 hours Jalalabad, Afghanista = 1400 hours in Washington, DC, Obama arrives the White House:
2. 2300 hours Jalalabad, Afghanistan equals 1430 hours in Washington, DC–Black Hawks lift off.
Shortly after eleven o’clock on the night of May 1st, two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lifted off from Jalalabad Air Field, in eastern Afghanistan, and embarked on a covert mission into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden
3. 0030 hours (2 May 2011) Jalalabad, Afghanistan equals 1600 hours (1 May 2011) Washington, DC–The flight from Jalalabad to Abbottabad took 90 minutes per Schmidle:
During the ninety-minute helicopter flight, James and his teammates rehearsed the operation in their heads.
4. 0110 hours (2 May 2011) Jalalabad, Afghanistan equals 1640 hours (1 May 2011) Washington, DC–Time on ground in Abbottabad to kill Bin Laden and recover body:
5. 0135 hours (2 May 2011) Jalalabad, Afghanistan equals 1705 hours (1 May 2011) Washington, DC–Black Hawk refueled on ground for 25 minutes:
The Black Hawk was low on gas, and needed to rendezvous with the Chinook at the refuelling point that was near the Afghan border—but still inside Pakistan. Filling the gas tank took twenty-five minutes.
6. 0305 hours (2 May 2011) Jalalabad, Afghanistan equals 1835 hours (1 May 2011) Washington, DC–Helicopters land at Jalalabad with Bin Laden’s body.
The helicopters landed back in Jalalabad around 3 A.M.; McRaven and the C.I.A. station chief met the team on the tarmac. A pair of SEALs unloaded the body bag and unzipped it so that McRaven and the C.I.A. officer could see bin Laden’s corpse with their own eyes. Photographs were taken of bin Laden’s face and then of his outstretched body.
7. 0515 hours (2 May 2011) equals 2045 hours (1 May 2011) Washington, DC. Note, Schmidle was given very few details on the DNA/forensic exam of Bin Laden’s body. But, per Schmidle, the body remained on the ground until at least 0515 hours local. Why? Sunrise on Jalalabad on 2 May was 0458 hours.
At dawn, bin Laden was loaded into the belly of a flip-wing V-22 Osprey, accompanied by a JSOC liaison officer and a security detail of military police. The Osprey flew south, destined for the deck of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson—a thousand-foot-long nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sailing in the Arabian Sea, off the Pakistani coast.
The flight time from Kabul/Jalalabad to the US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson was a minimum of 2 hours and 45 minutes. That is assuming a nap of the earth flight route over Pakistan, which reduces air speed but also reduces the chance of being detected by radar and intercepted. Alternative possibility? Generals Pasha and Kiyani blessed the flight. Another possibility? The flight never happened. But let’s go with the Obama team’s account. Osama Bin Laden’s body ostensibly was flown to the Carl Vinson. That means the Osprey V-22 carrying the body arrived around 0800 hours Jalalabad time on Monday, 2 May 2011. In Washington, DC that is 2330 hours.
Given this timeline it is highly unlikely that Osama was actually given a formal burial at sea. I have heard via friends in the SEAL community that the body was dumped overland in the mountains. It also is possible that he was dumped at sea. However, we were told that the Pakistanis were not witting off this operation and that we overflew Pakistan three times without permission. The last time was a 700 plus mile flight carrying the body from Jalalabad/Bagram to a USS carrier off of the coast of Pakistan.
But at this point, some five hours after the raid in Abbottabad, the Pakistanis have been alerted about our attack. A country in this circumstance normally goes on high alert. So Barack and his team want us to buy the fiction that a now alert Pakistan would blithely accept the overflight of another US military aircraft? Nope. Either the flight did not happen or Pasha and Kiyani were helping pave the way. It is too risky to send a slow flying V-22 over hostile territory after an enemy has been alerted.
I also reiterate the odd fact that not a single sailor who was on board the Carl Vinson came forward with any photos of the dramatic at sea burial of America’s arch enemy. At 0800 hours a US aircraft carrier is fully awake and firing on all cylinders. This part of the story makes no sense.
Anyway, the good news remains–Bin Laden is dead and his body has been consumed by some wild critters. Just don’t know if they are land based or sea based. In any event, Zed is dead baby. Zed is dead.