Finally. Five days later, after more than one opportunity. So many chances for the American captain-hostage to be killed by the Somali Islamic pirates. Why did the media spend three to four lines of text to “explain” why we killed the pirates?? Why did we need to explain anything?? They had American captives, that’s all the explaining that is needed to be done.
Why was there text specifically in the article stating that “The order came down from President Obama…” I don’t remember ever seeing glaring text like that in past situations with Bush or Reagan. The media is doing their best to bolster their buddy Obama. Do any of our readers remember former President Bush “giving the order” to take out any terrorists, or insurgents?? No, never printed, why would the liberal media print a positive-spin truth like that about Bush?
Thankfully the Navy SEALS knew exactly what they needed to do!
Navy SEAL snipers on the fantail of a destroyer cut down three Somali pirates in a lifeboat and rescued an American sea captain on Easter Sunday. The surprise nighttime assault in choppy seas ended a five-day standoff between a team of rogue gunmen and the world’s most powerful military.
It was a stunning conclusion to an Indian Ocean odyssey that began when freighter Capt. Richard Phillips, 53, was taken hostage Wednesday by pirates who tried to hijack the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama. The Vermont native was held on a tiny lifeboat that began drifting precariously toward Somalia’s anarchic, gun-plagued shores.
The operation, personally approved by President Obama, quashed fears the saga could drag on for months and marked a victory for the U.S., which for days seemed powerless to resolve the crisis despite massing helicopter-equipped warships at the scene.
Negotiations with the three pirates were growing heated, Vice Adm. Bill Gortney said.
Sunday’s blow to the pirates’ lucrative activities is unlikely to stop them, simply because of the size of the vast area — 1.1 million square miles — stretching from the Gulf of Aden and the coast of Somalia. But it could raises tensions in an already lawless area.
“This could escalate violence in this part of the world, no question about it,” said Gortney.
A Somali pirate agreed.
So I guess now, American captains will know NOT to surrender themselves, but to instead arm and fight off pirates, yes! Do you also think that pirates will now avoid US ships? You bet! You keep placating pirates, they will keep coming back.
“Every country will be treated the way it treats us. In the future, America will be the one mourning and crying,” Abdullahi Lami, one of the pirates holding a Greek ship anchored in the Somali town of Gaan, told The Associated Press on Monday. “We will retaliate (for) the killings of our men.”
Later Monday, six mortar shells were fired toward the airport in the Somali capital of Mogadishu as a plane carrying a U.S. congressman took off, an airport employee at the control tower said.
New Jersey Democrat Donald Payne had met with Somalia’s president and prime minister for a one-day visit to discuss piracy and security issues. The airport staffer said Payne’s plane took off safely and none of the mortar shells landed in the airport.
He refused to give his full name because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama had put up a fight Wednesday when pirates boarded the ship, surprising the invaders. Until then, Somali pirates had become used to meeting no resistance once they boarded a ship in search of million-dollar ransoms.
Ship owners often do not arm their crews, in many cases because of the cargo. A Saudi supertanker hijacked last year carried 2 million barrels of oil, and a gunshot could have triggered an explosion.