The Pirates Lose Their Gamble

by Ryan on April 12, 2009

in Politics,War on Terror

Well, I was close — I thought the well-placed snipers would take all four of the pirates out, but only three got to meet their Creator today.  The fourth one, who left the lifeboat hours earlier to negotiate, is in custody ready to get Mirandized and receive ACLU/Amnesty International lawyers who are undoubtedly at the ready to get him off in our wimpy American courts.

The rescue story was simple:  in rough seas the lifeboat was chained to the USS Bainbridge where three Navy SEAL snipers were in position to take the shot if the situation got worse;  it seemed to get worse;  they hit their mark;  and Captain Phillips was back in US hands shortly thereafter.  Check out the details here.

I wonder who got Obama to sign-off on all this.  Was it Hillary?  Was it the impatient Navy itself, which has been suggested by some?  Was it really Emperor Zero’s call as his handlers suggest

Regardless, Phillips is back, the entire story is one of American heroism and high-intensity risk, and the terrorists are dead or in custody – my best-case scenario fulfilled… on Easter Sunday too!  While everything turned out OK, the message sent by our apparent waffling is definitely one our enemies noticed.  Obama eventually dropped the “Present” vote, but was a bit late in reacting (the plan which was first approved Friday should have been one of many scenarios approved Wednesday). 

A measured response or one indicating a lack of preparation?  We’ll see when the next 3am call comes in.

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Chris April 12, 2009 at 10:33 pm

And we will soon see Zero use this situation to the advantage by holding a White House ceremony for him or meeting his plane at the tarmac, when in reality, the ceremony will be used to prop up Obama, making him seem like the fearless and strong president he isn’t.

Here’s the difference between W and O. In 2001 after the American Spy Plane Crew returned from China, there was no public ceremony, no presidential tarmac greeting, etc. President Bush realized that it wasn’t he alone who brought them home and felt that it be more important for the crew to be with their families. Obama sadly doesn’t come close to President Bush in terms of humility and character and that is unfortunate.


Tammy April 13, 2009 at 12:29 am

Sadly, Obama will look the hero he is not. Obama has NO humility. Everything was bad when he got the job…seems to be his motto. If he is not running down the steps of airforce one snapping his fingers…he is in front of a news camera making himself “clear”.

We are in big trouble.


MAS1916 April 13, 2009 at 10:57 am

The Leader will present himself as the brave hero in all this – right up to the point where Human Rights lawyers take the matter before the World Court. They might try to make the case that the US Navy violated the pirates human rights by killing them.

Besides, Obama really embarrassed our allies who do not have the will or the capability to fight piracy. Here comes another Apology Tour.


rightonoz April 14, 2009 at 1:27 am

Who Cares!

The end result was the right one and somebody made the decision that has been missing in all the previous kidnappings!

Well done to someone – well definitely the navy guys. America should be proud of this one.

The comparison with the spyplane incident is a bit dumb – the US (GWB) was made to look powerless in that one.


Tammy April 14, 2009 at 8:29 am

They cannot stop there. Another ship hijacked this morning. The same thing needs to be done TODAY. It has to be consistent.

Yes, the hijackers and their radical Islamic counterparts will declare war on America…so be it. We should fight back immediately and fight back hard.

No negotiating.


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