Singha wrote:A-teams like 26/11 do not fail such elementary basics.
usually B-teams are used for message sending and kept below a threshold which will force Modi's hand at retaliation.
TSP is probably exploring the upper bound of this threshold as they would like it as high as possible to appease the jihadis and give it 'space'
SIngha saar, the so called A-team took a lot of time to set up and was equally B as this one. They just got very lucky in that the UPA run apparatus was a complete shambles and didn't react at all.
Reading Unnithans book on 26/11 and many other accounts,including the Brit folks book with interviews what not makes the blood boil. Unnithan is pro-INC through and through but even he couldn't sanitize the shambolic nature of the reaction. There were Ghataks available - not used, the Colonel in charge waited for orders that never came. Marcos - too few to matter, deployed in ad hoc fashion much later than they should have. Not trained for any sort of complex room clearing exercise apparently judging by the sanitized accounts. Clearly no coordination even at services end with lack of clear directive from political side about what to do and what threats to expect.
NSG languishing in Manesar with most of their training kits (including the phamous pop up targets) not working and regarded as B-team of IA SF & no clear training regimen. Para-SF deputies arrive and knock some order into the SAG beyond the usual by rote drills.
NSG informed late, and only prepare early because an alert officer sees the TV and informs the unit. Arrive late, delayed even further because their transport is used as a bus by some bureaucrat who waltzes in two hours late. NSG, has adequate equipment only for one set of responders and even that is decades old. Patched up helmets for instance which were imported from Germany at the time the unit was set up. When they arrive, there is no proper transportation but BEST buses. No maps, no proper information from Mumbai police about targets, no clear information. They dont have intrinsic capability either to determine all this and operate by jugaad. IA SF guy on holiday gives them input. The hotel guys go above and beyond duty and accompany NSG people with key card in hands to open doors or show them routes. Lack of any sort of advanced equipment which means soldiers operate purely by hand signals (improvising on the job).
At the Chabad center op, local RSS/BJP/Shiv Sena guys handle the logistics giving them food, water and other essentials. Maha admin was apparently nowhere to be seen.
NSG has to then clear hotels with 100s of rooms, from one room to the next, while these cowardly TSP rats, once their drug addled haze broke off, promptly sheltered in some rooms. In Oberoi, once found, they were killed double quick. In Taj, they ran into a lot of luck hiding behind a huge pillar which was sheltering them from all attacks, even rocket strikes. NSG guys initially surprised, promptly made an IED with nails, glass etc and blew up that room. End of the rats.
Point is the complete lack of anticipation of such a strike and the limited, undermanned assets in place for such a scenario.
In initial stages of the hotel attacks, a handful of policemen try to seize the initiative with their antiquated service rifles or revolvers and the erstwhile commissioner Ghafoor is nowhere to be seen, he is off from the net.
Meanwhile NSG guys get calls from INC bureaucrats - "can't you guys just go in and finish the lot, take a few more casualties, whats the big deal". Our great NSA was apparently at the time attending some music concert. Clown prince was at some wedding and didn't even leave. Such was the great direction.
With such clowns in charge, and a complete lack of any systemic process in place to handle such scenarios, of course, the only result is going to be mayhem even when a B-team is sent in or a C team.
India is basically a corrupt monarchy which has subverted the working principles of actual democracy with the willing connivance of the media and babu-afsar combo. Now for once, a new representational Govt has come in place, and the aforesaid termites will do everything to sabotage this new Govt. The Modi-Doval combo hopefully realize this and have to put a team in place which can handle such events without relying on the so called existing system alone until the latter is also fixed.