Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pirate drama over, Captain Phillips is free...No thanks to Obama

The reports are coming in now. Phillips is free, three pirates are dead, and the fourth is in custody. And the Obama camp is already trying to top the news stories by claiming that Obama authorized the rescue. But that's NOT what really happened. For the truth, I give you this credible report from Blackfive.
At the time it happened the USS Bainbridge was towing the lifeboat to calmer waters as the sea state was deteriorating. One of the pirates was on board the Bainbridge as the talks about obtaining Phillip's release continued. The lifeboat was approx. 25 m behind the Bainbridge when snipers on the fantail observed one of the pirates in the pilot house of the lifeboat pointing an AK-47 at the back of a tied up Phillips and the other two pirates on board were visible (at least shoulders and heads). The standing authority gave them clearance to engage the pirates if the life of the captain was in imminent danger. The on scene commander deemed this to be true and gave the order to fire. All three bad guys were taken out and then a rigid inflatable boat went to the lifeboat to retrieve Phillips. Iti is unknown at this point whether the shooters were SEALs or Marine Scout Snipers as both would have been available. This was not a rescue attempt ordered by National Command Authority i.e. the President. It was a reaction by the on scene commander under standard authority to safeguard the life of a hostage.

The AP is reporting that President Obama gave the order to use military force to rescue the hostage, that is misleading.

WASHINGTON (AP)—Administration officials say President Barack Obama approved the military operation that rescued a U.S. captain held hostage by Somali pirates.

The officials say Obama ordered the Defense Department to use military resources to rescue Richard Phillips from a lifeboat off the Somali coast.
He did affirm the military's authorization to use force if the captain's life was in danger, but they already would have had that authorization as part of their standard rules of engagement. If there are innocents about to be slaughtered the same reasoning that authorizes self defense also covers an imminent execution unless the ROE specifically forbid it.The AP is making it sound like there was an active rescue ordered by the President. It was not, there was an imminent threat and the local commander gave the order to fire. Good on Obama for ensuring their authorization was clear, but let's also be clear that he did not authorize or order an active rescue attempt.

So let's be clear on this. Captain Phillips is free and the pirates are toast, but it was the US Navy personnel on scene that acted autonomously and put some starch back in our flag. The President, for all of his attempts to horn in and grab credit, had nothing to do with the actual decision to take the scumbags down.

I also have to note that it took Obama three days to even authorize the Defense Department to act. Three days. Remember those commercials during the campaign when he claimed that he had the ability to react decisively when that hypothetical 3AM crisis call came in? I guess we've just seen that fiction exposed.

On the plus side, he did seem to find time to pick out a dog for his kids in the middle of this episode. But then even waffling appeasers have their priorities...

Welcome home, Captain Phillips...and way to go US NAVY!!!


  1. He's proving himself to be nothing but a fraud as Commander-in-Chief. I'm certainly glad I left the military when I did. It's sad.

  2. In the 1976 rescue by the Israeli AIr Force of the hostages at the Entebbe Airport, the military people likewise took a broad view of their role, and took liberties which would have been denied by the Israeli politicoes had they been specifically requested.

    [And Bibi Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, built his political career on the dead body of his brother, Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, who was the only military casualty in the Entebbe raid.].

  3. I apologize in advance:

    Does this make the marksman a Zodiac Killer?

    I know, I know...

  4. Anonymous10:34 PM

    Again Obambi tries to show muscle when all he has is cellulite.......... Doing what I did for years, I know the only word I got to take a shot was from my LT............. The one on scene.........

    No clearance from the Superintendent...............

    Obama is a sham.... We all know this....

    Bitches In Blue Blog put up a post today, and I stated that if they free the Captain, Obama would take credit. I am not psychic, but I am a Republican......... You could see this coming from a mile away!!!

    Hope you and the pooch had a great Easter...... hugss

  5. Obama is a wuss and this just proved it. He cared more about that dog coming to the white house than the well-being of an american held hostage. He can rot in hell, for all I care!

  6. See, they have no respect for us anymore. They know there is a wuss in office worrying more about his new dog than our people.
    This comment is particularly disturbing.

    "From now on, if we capture foreign ships and their respective countries try to attack us, we will kill them," Habeb said. "Now they became our number one enemy," he said of U.S. forces.

    Number one enemy?! How dare they challenge us! If we didn't hesitate and blew them out of the water days ago while Mr. O was "mulling it over" and looking for teleprompters, they'd know we meant business. Now they think we are wishy washy. This is unreal.

  7. I agree about the necessity for prompt action.

    And, as far as pirates go, isn't that the very reason for the US Marines? From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of TRIPOLI, which if you do some homework, will learn was about African coastal pirates? Where is the resolve? I am disturbed by the international Clintonism of 'peace' being foisted off on US citizens as 'reasonable acts'.

    Most criminals appreciate and respect nothing other than immediate, decisive action. They understand nothing else, respond to nothing other than force, and respect nothing other than power exercised in an intelligent and consistent manner.

    And they know a mark when they run into one. And we have just recently been made that mark.

  8. Anonymous4:44 PM

    the local newspaper wasn't giving obama crdit for it, but they did talk a lot about the SEALS.

    out of curiosity, how far was the shot? the newspaper said 25 yards.

    also, we haven't seen you around gunboards lately, we sure could use your type of knowledge to set some of them idiots straight