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No One Left Behind: The Lt. Comdr. Michael Scott Speicher Story

By Amy Waters Yarsinske (Author), Gary Telles (Read by) & Terence Aselford (Read by)
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Amy Waters Yarsinske, a former intelligence officer and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, breaks the incredible true story of Lt. Comdr. Michael Scott Speicher, the first American pilot shot down during the Gulf War, found alive in Iraqi custody eleven years after the US government left him for dead. Tracking this explosive story for the past eight years, Yarsinske interviewed top government and military officials, diplomats, pilots, informers, and Iraqi defectors to write a stunning true account of the denials and cover-ups that obscured an essential fact: Speicher actually survived.

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No One Left Behind: The Lt. Comdr. Michael Scott Speicher Story by Amy Waters Yarsinske, Gary Telles & Terence Aselford has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 06/15/2003
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/04/2002

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Format: Unabridged
Studio: Listen & Live Audio
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.28" Width: 4.44" Height: 2.72"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Audio Cassette
Release Date   May 1, 2002
Publisher   Listen & Live Audio
ISBN  1885408889  
ISBN13  9781885408884  
UPC  762458308045  

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Amy Waters Yarsinske currently resides in Norfolk, in the state of Virginia. Amy Waters Yarsinske was born in 1963.

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Where is Michael Scott Speicher  Feb 29, 2008
Where, indeed, is Michael Scott Speicher, an American pilot shot down on the first night of Gulf War I and written off as dead even before an investigation had taken place and the wreckage gone over? Read this book and learn about how fast our government is to write our boys off. Learn how honorable people fought for the truth about Speicher's shootdown and subsequent ejection and capture leading the government to change his status from KIA BNR to Missing Captured, or whatever they call it now. Words don't change the fact that Speicher is one of the more recent POWs to be taken by our enemies never to be returned. Where is Matt Maupin? Where is William P. Milliner? Where is Hrdlicka? Where is LTC Shelton? Where are the over 20,000 taken by the Russians in WWII? Where are the missing men from the Korean War like Roger Dumas, turned away at the prisoner exchange at the end of the Korean War never to be seen again? Where is the outrage from so-called Americans? This book is a must read!
Story needs to be told & what are we going to do about it?  Jan 15, 2007
Every soldier has heard "No one left behind", but Lt. Commander Michael Scott Speicher was left behind and the story needs to get out. Our government should be held accountable and no effort should be spared to find out the truth once and for all. Sightings of this soldier by reputable witnesses, murders of those who helped him, this sounds like an incredible movie plot. But, it's all true and the family and fellow soldiers need to get the truth and recover him or his remains.
Where is the accountability?  Jun 21, 2006
There have been several articles and reports in recent years about Michael Scott Speicher; the Navy F-18 pilot who was shot down over Iraq during the first night of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Over the last fourteen years, there have been many mistakes and missed opportunities in relation to Scott Speicher's case. Many people believe that Speicher may have been alive up to a decade after the 1991 Gulf War and there is still hope that he is alive today. There have been multiple pieces of credible evidence and even sightings of Speicher since he was lost and there is simply no evidence that suggests that he was killed in action. There is also strong evidence that we had a chance to rescue Speicher in 1994 but the Clinton Administration for fear of the political fallout abandoned him at that time. My question is where is the accountability? Why hasn't anyone taken a beating over this miserable failure and possible abandonment of one of our nation's finest?

Amy Waters Yarsinske has written a thorough account of the Speicher case: No One Left Behind: The Lt. Comdr. Michael Scott Speicher Story. In her book, Yarsinske describes how Scott Speicher took off from the aircraft carrier Saratoga in the early morning hours of January 17, 1991 and did not return. For some reason the officials aboard the Saratoga neglected to get the news out about Speicher to Naval Forces Central Command for several hours after Speicher did not return. This mistake was critical because the first four to five hours after a shootdown are when combat search and rescue (CSAR) is most successful. Another mistake, which occurred in the early stages of the war, was when Dick Cheney, then Secretary of Defense, stated to reporters that an F-18 pilot was lost on the first night of operations and was killed in the incident. He made the statement based on some bad information that was given to him from Vice Admiral Jeremy "Mike" Boorda, then chief of naval personnel. Boorda had gotten the information from his chain of command that "Scotts Hornet had been blown out of the sky--with no chance of survival, no ejection". The truth to a high degree of certainty is that Scott Speicher was not killed in the incident. When Speicher's crash site was discovered, the plane was in relatively good shape. It certainly was not completely destroyed. The engines were intact, the canopy was missing, and the ejection seat was missing. This of course suggests that Speicher ejected. Scott's flight recorder was found later, which confirmed that Speicher's plane went down due to fuel being cut off from the engines. An air-to-air missile detonating beneath the aircraft probably caused the failure of fuel to the engines. It is known that a pilot ejecting from an F-18 Hornet, has more than an eighty percent chance of survival.

Another disturbing bit of information about the 1991 Gulf War is the lack of combat search and rescue (CSAR) missions for downed pilots during the war. According to Yarsinske, there were thirty-seven fixed wing aircraft that went down during the conflict and search teams were launched for just seven of them. According to Timothy G. Connolly, a former Army Ranger and principle undersecretary of defense for special operations and low intensity conflict said "We did virtually no SAR for anyone. Jesse Johnson, head of special operations for Central Command, was responsible for combat SAR forces. His rule was, we're not launching unless there's somebody on the ground waving their arms for us. He didn't want to risk casualties." No search and rescue team was launched for Michael Scott Speicher.

Perhaps the most shocking information about the Speicher case is that the U.S. could have rescued Scott in 1994 but decided to abandon him. The CIA discovered that pieces of an American jet were being sold on the black market by a source named the Falcon Hunter. The Falcon Hunter was a Member of the Qatari royal family with strong ties to the Iraqis. In December 1993, the Falcon Hunter was in the western Iraqi desert hunting with his falcons as he commonly did and came upon some locals trading parts. He discovered that a local tribe of Bedouins found the wreckage of a U.S. warplane. The Falcon Hunter told them that he wished to see the crash site for himself. They took him to the crash site and he immediately recognized that it was a Navy jet from the USS Saratoga, downed in the Persian Gulf War. According to Yarsinske, after some time, the Bedouins were communicating with the U.S. through the Falcon Hunter and indicated that they wanted to turn Scott over to the U.S. authorities. They made the attempts for two or three years with no affirmative response from the Clinton Administration or U.S. Intelligence in the region. This information is corroborated by two Joint Chiefs of Staff sources in Navy Intelligence and the CIA. The Falcon Hunter's statements were further corroborated by a Saudi prince who new the Bedouin tribes in Western Iraq. The prince made frequent trips across the border and even offered to get Scott Speicher out if the U.S. wanted him to do so. He was waiting for instructions when the Joint Chiefs of Staff was told by their Chairman, General John M. Shalikashvili to stand down. Why would he do that? According to Yarsinske "The Clinton administration had apparently made the decision that bringing Scott Speicher home at that time would reveal that they had known he was in trouble since taking office" and since there would be witnesses including Scott himself who knew the timing of the events, "The embarrassment was a political bombshell, a hit the administration was unwilling to take."

With all of the evidence of missed opportunities and even blatant abandonment of Speicher after he was reported alive, why hasn't there been a congressional investigation? I think the officials in the government who chose to abandon Michael Scott Speicher ought to be held accountable. They need to answer under oath in congressional hearings. They should know that their actions in this matter would cost them more than just political capital or shame. They need to be punished.
Straight forward interesting account  Feb 27, 2005
This is good solid reporting about a very interesting subject. I read the book before the second war in Iraq and would love to read an updated version with later discoveries.

Thought provoking  May 26, 2004
Would the United States knowingly leave one of their own behind during the First Gulf Conflict? Amy Waters Yarsinke, the author, seems to think yes, they would.

We start with the facts; Michael Scott Speicher was flying a plave that was shot down over Iraq during the early stages of the Gulf War Conflict. After that, we are presented with evidence (from Iraqis )backing up the theory that he was killed and a whole slew of evidence he survived and, indeed, was still alive in the late 1990's.

Perhaps now that Saddam Hussein's regime has fallen and Abu Graib prison in in the hands of the Allies, Warsinke's claims may not be so readily believable however there is strong circumstancial evidence that Speicher survived the crash and fell into the hands of the Iraqis.

An interesting book firmly pushing the 'He's alive' theory. Maybe he is.


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