I guess he passed his first International incident by the rescue in Somalia. U.S. Navy snipers opened fire and killed three pirates holding an Americ
April 12, 2009

I guess he passed his first International incident by the rescue in Somalia.

U.S. Navy snipers opened fire and killed three pirates holding an American captain at gunpoint, delivering the skipper unharmed and ending a five-day high-seas hostage drama on Easter Sunday.

Capt. Richard Phillips was in "imminent danger" of being killed before snipers shot the pirates in an operation authorized by President Barack Obama, Vice Adm. Bill Gortney said.

He said the pirates were armed with AK-47s and small-caliber pistols and were pointing the rifles at the captain when the commander of the nearby USS Bainbridge gave the order to open fire. Gortney, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, said the White House had given "very clear guidance and authority" to take action if Phillips' life was in danger...read on

Here's a memo to the media. With a leaderless party, conservatives should never be taken seriously when they criticize the president. . Case in point via FOX Noise: Somali Pirates Hand Obama Foreign Policy Emergency With No Easy Solution

Who would have guessed that one of President Obama's biggest foreign tests in his first 100 days would come from a ragtag band of pirates and a high-seas hostage drama?

Other foreign threats, such as the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran, may pose greater concern for national security, but the problem of Somali pirates is proving just as difficult to address.

A ship is attacked by pirates and that's supposedly going to define President Obama's foreign policy chops.

memeorandum was ablaze with blog posts about this story.

The Limbaugh National Committee says: Rush claims the Somali pirate saga shows how both Obama and Clinton are "inept" in handling "3 a.m. phone call"

He then followed it up with this one: Hour 2: Rush's theory on why piracy is rebounding: "[E]nemies of America are friends of the Democrat Party"

The ridiculousness of him is astounding.

Howie Klein writes: Navy Seals Rescue American Hostage And Kill Somali Pirates

Even though a good friend is in Somalia now making a documentary on pirates-- and even though we have discussed the Somali pirates here in the past (yes, before they were so trendy)-- we've left the recent Somali pirate talk to the right wing blow-hards while we tried keeping the focus on the far more dangerous and predatory Wall Street pirates.


I wonder why the Bush Regime never did anything about cleaning up the Somali pirates' nests along the Horn of Africa. By virtually ignoring the problem, they let it fester and grow. It was satisfying to see that President Obama moved in swiftly and surely-- and that he authorized the three AK-47 armed pirates who may have been attempting to kill Captain Phillips be shot.

I imagine the ditto-heads would have liked to see the entire area nuked to show the world how mighty and tough we are, but instead we just took care of the incident and rescued our mates. If it had been Bush or McCain this would have been treated like the story it was. A terrible tale of piracy on the high seas.

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