What is “Painting The Target”?

“Painting the target” means he was shining a laser at a target so that the aircraft’s weapons system could get a fix on it in the dark. By shining a laser at the target he is also giving up his own position. He would not have done that if he did not know that there was air support on scene to receive the information. This was likely the reason he was killed.

The Gateway Pundit is reporting evidence today that Air support was on scene but was called off. Quoting BlackFive from a former Delta operator:

“One of the former SEALs was actively painting the target. That means that Specter WAS ON STATION! Probably an AC130U. A ground laser designator is not a briefing pointer laser. You do not “paint” a target until the weapons system/designator is synched; which means that the AC130 was on station.

“Only two places could have called off the attack at that point; the WH situation command (based on POTUS direction) or AFRICOM commander based on information directly from the target area.”

So the question becomes, Was air support actually there? Or was someone playing Bait and Switch with the Seals? And if it was there, Who called it off?
It has been reported that Former Navy Seals Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods disobeyed orders to “Stand Down” when they went to the US Consulate to help Ambassador Chris Stevens and staff. And, had they survived the attack, they could have faced Court Martial for doing so.

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2 Responses

  1. I don’t doubt some of what is in your story, however, neither Doherty nor Woods were active duty any longer, so neither of them would have faced court martial.

    • It is true that they were no longer on active duty but they were working for the government and they were ordered to stand down. So even though you are correct and they would not stand court martial per se, they would have been indicted for disobeying orders. I have also just learned that Gen Ham has been arrested for exactly what I was talking about in this article. Which (if true) also means that Gen Ham was ordered to stand down even though Obama is trying to make the case that he did everything he could to protect the Ambassador. I don’t see how telling a General not to do what Generals do fits into that plan.

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