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AP: Obama Beats First National Security Test!

From the oh so appropriately named Ms. Loven and the rest of the besotted Associated Press:

Analysis: Obama beats first national security test

By JENNIFER LOVEN

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is showing only glimmers of life and two costly wars remain in the balance, but President Barack Obama’s "no drama" handling of the Indian Ocean hostage crisis proved a big win for his administration in its first critical national security test.

Obama’s quiet backstage decision to authorize the Defense Department to take necessary action if Capt. Richard Phillips’ life was in imminent danger gave a Navy commander the go-ahead to order snipers to fire on the pirates holding the cargo ship captain at gunpoint.

For Obama, the benefits were instantly clear: an American life saved and a major victory notched against an increasingly worrisome scourge of the seas off the Horn of Africa.

Obama’s handling of the crisis showed a president who was comfortable in relying on the U.S. military, much as his predecessor, George W. Bush, did.

But it also showed a new commander in chief who was willing to use all the tools at his disposal, bringing in federal law enforcement officials to handle the judicial elements of the crisis.

The rescue appeared to vindicate Obama’s muted but determined handling of the incident. What won’t be known for some time is whether Obama will benefit politically.

When Obama campaigns for re-election, he may take Bush’s approach of turning any such incident into evidence of his leadership acumen. On the other hand, Obama didn’t go before the cameras Sunday to trumpet the success, instead releasing a written statement that saluted the bravery of the military and Phillips but claimed no credit for himself.

Also, this crisis, while topping the news now, may fade into distant memory by the time voters get a chance to take any new measure of Obama and his party.

Still, it goes some way toward dispelling the notion that a liberal Democrat with a known distaste for war — Obama campaigned on his consistent opposition to the Iraq invasion — doesn’t have the chops to call on U.S. military power.

The sniper operation Sunday, with pirate guns aimed at Phillips, was a daring, high-stakes gambit, and it could have easily gone awry. If it had, the fallout would have probably landed hardest on Obama.

Indeed, the last Democratic president to unleash American military might against Somalis suffered miserably from the failure of that operation. Portrayed in the book and movie "Black Hawk Down," a U.S. peacekeeping mission ordered by President Bill Clinton ended with a humiliating withdrawal of troops after a deadly clash in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

The outcome this time was vastly different.

Since the standoff began last Tuesday, Obama made no public, in-person remarks on the topic, even declining to answer when questions were shouted at him during a press availability.

He didn’t call in his Cabinet for a high-profile command meeting. He let military and top administration officials do the talking, but even they kept saber rattling out of the equation.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Obama’s silence should not be interpreted to mean that he wasn’t deeply involved. The president’s public posture was calculated to not raise the temperature on the situation or give the hostage-takers anything to exploit.

"Let’s not confuse a public role with being on top of the situation," Emanuel said. "If you’d interjected yourself, you would make the discussions that were happening more difficult."

So what Obama did was receive regular briefings, sometimes as often as half a dozen times a day. He weighed in with two critical decisions allowing the military to take action to save Phillips’ life. And he laid the groundwork for a federal criminal law enforcement response.

White House officials said the Justice Department is already reviewing evidence to determine whether to file criminal charges against the captured Somali pirate. The U.S. is treating the matter as a criminal case because officials have found no direct ties between East African pirates and terror groups.

Obama doesn’t like labels for himself or catch phrases for policy. So it’s notable that in an administration that has virtually banned the phrase "war on terror," no one called the pirates "terrorists."

What a simply amazing accomplishment on the part of Mr. Obama.

It would seem to top winning WWII. Certainly it is a military victory for the ages.

Apparently there is nothing that he did not do perfectly. Maybe even beyond perfect.

As we all know, the Associated Press has long been a vociferous exponent of strong and decisive military action in situations like these.

Unless, of course, it is the interests of the US or there is a Republican who might get the credit.

The sniper operation Sunday, with pirate guns aimed at Phillips, was a daring, high-stakes gambit, and it could have easily gone awry. If it had, the fallout would have probably landed hardest on Obama.

Good one, Jennifer.

We all need a nice laugh on a Monday morning.

(Thanks to Confucius for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

54 Responses to “AP: Obama Beats First National Security Test!”

  1. Colonel1961 says:

    That is pure fantasy. Why am I not surprised? When does he award himself the medal: ‘Animal Hero, First Class’?

    p.s. this tripe was an above-the-fold story on the front page of our paper today. Ugh.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “National security test”????

    ‘Scuse me?

    Oh this is just too much.

    Next they’ll be reporting the new dog as a “bastion of ferocity and strength”

    Really…..I mean…have you seen that poor animal that has to have the Ho-bamas as its masters?

  3. Gila Monster says:

    Pardon me but I believe I’m going to hurl chunks now, …. aaaackkkk!!

  4. Melly says:

    The Navy had to ASK Barry TWICE to use force.
    What would have happened if the wonderful seal snipers never got the opportunity to shoot their blooming heads off?

    Barry did NOT give the Navy “the Shoot to kill” order until AFTER Capt. Phillips had been re-captured!! The Navy was NOT allowed to shoot at the Pirates when Phillips jumped overboard on Friday. Barry did NOT OK until Friday NITE!!!

    • Confucius says:

      I was thinking the same thing Melly.

      Apparently, it takes 5 days and 2 requests for the Spine of Steel to do something.

      Besides, a Sunday killing makes for better headlines than a Friday one.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Simply amazing……he did ALL this without so much as a paper cut!
      Barry……… One call to John (COMBAT) Kerry and I’m sure he’ll tell you how to put yourself in for a medal you don’t deserve.

    • caligirl9 says:

      I want to know when the first request to use “force” went to TOTUS?

      And why did a request even have to go to him? Does our military have to ask for permission to use the toilet now?

      To me it’s pretty simple: Americans were kidnapped/held against their will by citizens of a Third World nation who has already stepped on plenty of toes by hijacking their freight ships. BFD, just go in and take our people back. No fuss, no miss.

      It’s like potty training a dog. If you don’t correct his behavior immediately (put outside or put on paper to piddle), it forgets what it did and why it’s a no-no. Pirates are like puppies; they will learn with immediate consequences to their actions.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      caligirl……..not necessarily so.
      If you turn the WH in a litter box………..
      Get my drift?

    • caligirl9 says:

      LD:
      ROFLMAO oh so true!

  5. proreason says:

    “Obama’s quiet backstage decision to authorize the Defense Department to take necessary action if Capt. Richard Phillips’ life was in imminent danger ”

    Tough call, King

    “The sniper operation Sunday, with pirate guns aimed at Phillips, was a daring, high-stakes gambit”

    Rollllin the dice to keep our country safe.

    Verily, we are blessed with a tough-as-nails riverboat-gambler who can calculate the complex tradeoffs in these tense confrontations with masters of leading edge technologies like boats and knives.

  6. bobbys says:

    BO went in without other nations support, Alienated the Natives, Cowboyed the situation and had NO exit plan.

  7. RightWinger says:

    Let’s put this in the proper perspective.

    Bush – 8 years in the White House – 0 attacks by Somali pirates on ships flying US flag

    Lil Barry – 3 months in White House – 1 attack by Somali pirates on ships flying US flag

    Great victory Lil Barry! I’m sure your guests at Wed nights White House cocktail party will be thrilled to listen to your endless stories about how you saved the day by giving the order.

  8. texaspsue says:

    I knew it was only a matter of time before BO received the credit for this heroic rescue. Why is it always… me, me, me? (A little humility might be refreshing every now and then.)

    I hope this terrible incident isn’t used to by the Administration to pass L.O.S.T. (Law of the Sea Treaty). http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,301279,00.html

    Sheesh!

    • RightWinger says:

      It’s always “me, me me” because that’s what little 8 year old boys do. Even those trapped inside the body of a 47 year old man. :)

  9. Kilmeny says:

    Anyone else feel a slight chill at the words, but it also showed a new commander in chief who was willing to use all the tools at his disposal, bringing in federal law enforcement officials to handle the judicial elements of the crisis ?

    So yet more terrorists will be getting American trials paid for by American taxpayers.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Worry about the “judicial elements” once Captain Phillips was safe. Not before.

      Concern about judicial elements will only hamstring law enforcement/military of all types even more than they already are.

      “What are the consequences of pulling my service revolver out of its holster and pointing it at the bad guy/gal who is already pointing a gun at me?”

      Here in the Bay Area, we know what the consequences are. Four dead cops. The consequences for our military personnel are the same.

      Wanna bet that the surviving “pirate” gets little more than a slap on the wrist and a few years in (perhaps) an American prison, which will be a huge step up from living in Somalia. Then upon release, he will be offered a green card and a path to citizenship, and allowed to bring his family over, ’cause you can’t separate families, you know!

  10. jobeth says:

    This is about to make me sick. Talk about syrupy idol worship! But it’s not unexpected is it?

    We all knew this “community organizer” would take all the credit if everything went right. And by not saying anything, he could still blame everyone else if it went wrong. Hey, it worked before when he bamboozled everyone by remaining “cool” during the Tarp issue. He didn’t say a word then either…but of course he handled it oh so perfectly. (And now my unborn grandchild is completely broke after his “improving” the economy)

    Actually I wager he has been standing in the background quaking in his boots. Thankfully he finally gave up his control to an extremely competent military and only then things happened…perfectly.

    And now it was all HIS plan…only worked to perfection by those after following HIS precise orders. Can it get any better than “The One”?

    Grrrrr…….
    He calls himself a community organizer…and couldn’t even organize 4 mini pirates!

    Having said that, and knowing Obalmy…I thank God that he DID give the military authorization. It save the Capt’s life. Lord only knows what would have happend if Obalmy would have stuck his finger into that mess.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      That’s very astute, jobeth. The reason he wasn’t so overt about making any decisions was because of the very thing you mentioned. If it all went horribly wrong and Captain Phillips was hurt or killed, Obie-One could claim he had nothing to do with it, the skipper of the naval vessel acted without permission and he could fire him.

      Crafty little s**t isn’t he?

      On the other hand, I’ll give Obie-One Kenya-nobie just a skoshe of a half a dram of credit for it not ending up in the funeral hall. I’m interested in hearing Rush’s uptake on this. I’ll bet he has a few chuckles to offer.

      But really, the presidente’s actions or inactions are carefully crafted to make him look “decisive” and “committed”. With the unbiased press fawning all over him like a fly at an outhouse, it’s no wonder he will never be able to do any wrong. I’m surprised that Spring is arriving without his approval.

      Wonder if the captain of this vessel will be on Leno and Letterhead, and so on. After all, they gave the crew of 1549 a lot of attention and well, let’s face it, those pesky geese that brought the jetliner down, were, after all, Bush supporters.

    • proreason says:

      jobeth: “he DID give the military authorization”

      He said ok when pushed. That’s all. To have done OTHERWISE, would have been to act.

      His whole persona and strategy is to NOT act in situations where there is any risk involved. He lets it play out and jumps to the winning side.

      I give him ZERO CREDIT.

    • jobeth says:

      Pro,

      Yeah, I know you are right. What a sleeze he is. And Zero credit is probably all he deserves.

      I’m still glad he’s like that though. I would rather him cower in the background until someone with guts and brains makes the right decision than to try to “do” something that requires guts and brains. Neither of which he has.

      I shutter to think of what would have happened if he had tried to micro manage such a delicate situation.

      Ever hear of the Peter principle? He’s met his. Except he met his when he became a senator. (always voting “present” and not taking a stand on anything that could possibly come back to haunt him. Except it has…) As president he is so far above his competency its just plain scary.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      “If it all went horribly wrong and Captain Phillips was hurt or killed, Obie-One could claim he had nothing to do with it,”

      Rusty,

      That is EXACTLY what I thought about this whole incident from the start. If things had gone horribly wrong, the captain of the Bainbridge, the Seal team and their commander would have been thrown under the bus asap to save Barry’s ass.

  11. Howard Roark says:

    Hey Jennifer, you got some on your chin.

    The sniper operation Sunday, with pirate guns aimed at Phillips, was a daring, high-stakes gambit, and it could have easily gone awry. If it had, the fallout would have probably landed hardest on Obama.

    Isn’t that exactly like a self-centered liberal? If, indeed, the situation had “gone awry”, American servicemen would have died while sacrificing their lives for you and me, but to Jennifer, the “hardest” result would be that a leftist president would have some tough explaining ahead of him.

    Brave men bleed and die for you and me, but to vapid leftists, they are only pawns in the game of Keep Barry Looking Good.

  12. retire05 says:

    Just wanted to warn all you radical right wingers that I have now been booted from my second blog. First, I got booted from AJ-Strata’s because I had the audacity to publish part of the Shamnesty Bill (AJ, who claims to be a conservative is VERY pro-amnesty) and now from Rick Moran’s Right Wing Nut House.

    It seems that those who claim the mantilla of conservatism, yet bash other conservatives, don’t like it when you disagree with them. So now I can’t even access Moron’s website. I was not profane (as Moran has been on a number of occassions) not did I attack him personally except to say that he should not participate in killing the messenger and then whine when he got called down on it.

    Thank God that no matter what your opinion is, this blog still adheres to the First Amendment.

  13. catie says:

    Yes Steve, you are correct sir, it was a military victory for the ages. We can all pack up and go home now The One our Dear Leader will protect us and keep us safe.
    BTW Retire I got kicked off of RWNH when I deigned to criticize his brother Terry. I wasn’t profane either but he sometimes seems to have a very thing skin just like Charles Johnson before he kicked me off of LGF.

  14. retire05 says:

    catie, isn’t it odd that those who feel they have the right to criticize others (and they do) seem to be the ones with the thinnest skins.

    I quit reading LGF when Johnson railed on Texas for our stand on teaching both evolution and trying to offer students the polar view of Darwinism. He totally misrepresented the stand our State Board of Education took, and basically said we were just a bunch of unevolved cretons.

    With AJ, he kept calling those of us who opposed amnesty for illegal law breakers as “immigration hypochondriacs” and said we were the reason the GOP kept losing elections. Much the same vitriol adopted by Moran in the last six months.

    One of the reasons I appreciate this site is because it’s owner understands that when you compromise conservative values, you are no longer a conservative but have morphed into something else. RINO would be the typical phrase, but I actually think it is more than that. And while I may not agree completely with the opinions found here, I would be the last one to try to suppress them.

    I have always tried to present my side of the argument from a point of rationale. I guess Rick didn’t see it that way.

    But again, I take the stand that if you are going to demand the right to say what you think, you must be willing to take what goes along with it.

  15. GL0120 says:

    Questions, I have questions.

    Why did he resort to violence?
    Why didn’t he simply pay the ransom and then tax it 120%?
    How about finding out who the leader of the pirates is and fire him?
    Where was the Acorn led mob when they were needed most?
    Why didn’t he levy enough taxes on the pirates to put them out of business just as he plans to do to the coal companies?

  16. Arctain says:

    From the Alternate Times (a wholly imaginary reporting agency…)

    If a conservative was president…

    AT Wire – Mogidishu, Somalia

    Easter Sunday, a Christian holiday filled with the hope of spring and coupled with the Christian belief that God resurrected his Son from death, takes on a new and different meaning in the oppresive heat of the coastal hamlets of the Puntland of Somalia. Here, mourners and family members learned of the news that three of their own were killed on the high seas as they prepared to make their way back to the secured harbor of their home.

    Facing a lifelong struggle against a poverty that turns otherwise happy and playful children into lawless priates, the young men of this village on the Horn of Africa vowed revenge against the nation that took the lives of three of their own. Faced with a growing American presence off the Somali coast, and the lucrative business of piracy which supplies much-needed money to feed the women and children of his village, one pirate responded:

    “We will take quick revenge on American ships if we don’t receive apologies,” Yusuf Mohamed Mahdi, who identified himself as a pirate commander, said in a separate telephone interview today from Eyl. “We will not only target ships and crew in the sea, but also American agencies’ staff in Somalia.”

    Concerned that the brazen act of rescueing a single captain might lead to further escalation of violence from this poverty-stricken enclave, European security agencies condemned the killing of the Somali men saying, “It is obviously good news that hostages are being rescued, but it may lead to changes in the way the pirates operate,” said Giles Noakes, head of security at Copenhagen- based Bimco, the world’s largest shipping organization.

    While piracy has been a recent phenomenon in the Gulf of Aden, it has nevertheless, been a lucrative business with very few injuries and deaths. Before the American action that killed the three young men on Easter, the only other deaths came from a similar action undertaken by the French when they stormed a small sailboat being held by the pirates. In that incident, two Somali men were killed along with their hostage.

    Administration officials were still debating what, if anything, could be done to stem the rise of piracy, and the associated rise in shipping costs in an economy still reeling from recession. On the heels of a rising insurgency in Afghanistan and an increase in violence in Iraq, the administration seemed to forestall any talk of military action against the Somali coast. The last time the American military was involved in an operation inside Somalia, it led to the disasterous Gothic Serpent (Battle of Mogidishu) operation vividly portrayed in the movie [i]Blackhawk Down[/i].

    For now, the brazen and decisive action taken this Easter Sunday is being hailed as a heroic action by the current administration, and mourned by the parents of the three men killed. Time will only tell if this is the beginning of the end of piracy, or the start of a new wave of anti-Americanism in this poverty-stricken nation.

    Note: No sooner had I posted this, took a break, and returned… and the AP is running a story similar to what I posted…. obviously, they put a much more positive spin on Obama than they would have a conservative…
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gmO6FQt9jUJyC8c35fQSRROQGkBwD97HP1180

    • canary says:

      Well, it’s official now that much of the ransom money is being funnelled to
      Middle-East terrorists. But, with the Somalie population primarily being Muslim, as far as I’m concerned all of the money is going to terrorists.
      The media won’t tell it, because they fear the terrorists, and know it would lead to job loss, if they end up with less reporting in the terrorist areas. Obomies just don’t admit it, because they are Obomies.
      Still haven’t found the missle in the Pacific Ocean yet. Surely, that chance to examine what Korea is doing would be important.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      “been a lucrative business with very few injuries and deaths.”

      I’m sorry if I’m being harsh here but ONE injury or death warrants taking the gloves off and raining death upon them!

  17. U NO HOO says:

    “Obama doesn’t like labels for himself or catch phrases for policy.”

    What the heck is “Hope and Change” but a policy catch phrase?

    Good thing I read this stuff with dark socks on, its too late to save my white sneakers.

    Anyone calculate the per capita hostage captivity time?

    Carter had how many hostages for how many days some place that we didn’t know where and Obama had one hostage in the middle of the ocean in an orange life boat and it took him a week? (Just sort of kidding, think it through and do it right, don’t land old helicopters in a sand storm.)

    Yeah, BHO dun gud.

  18. canary says:

    U.S. Crew Claims Under Attack for a Week! Crew Blasts Obama.
    Well, the news is disappearing as I write this. Sky News had been running clip after rescue, of
    the crew yelling which much emphasize, from aboard the ship,

    that the crew had been under attack and fighting pirates for an entire week!.

    The crew also demanded that Obama had to take stronger action against the piracy, and put a stop to it.

    Within minutes the last clip, was shortened, cutting off the requests to Obama.
    The crew claimed for an entire week, they fought the pirates trying to keep the thugs from boarding their ship.
    The snipers had been dropped by parachutes sometime after the arrival of the U.S. ship, and it was not until the pirates shot a flair at the U.S. ship, that the snipers were able to get clear shots. Once the fourth pirate was captured, he began demanding medical care for his hand. The Middle-East would have met the thieving pirate by chopping both his hands off.

    It is unexusable that premission had to come from Obama, in any form or shape of law. Period.
    The Navy needs to get their game together, because the President Obama has more important things, such as one reporter who inquired about the hostage crisis, was rudely cutt off when the U.S. President became arrogant and irrated, stating that “Housing” was the important issue at hand. We forgot he was preparing for the White House Easter Egg Hunt and photo op, for his scrap-book.

    Another Democrat, Sen. Evan Bayn (D-IN) was caught during Fox News interview
    “laughing” uncontrollably for a full minute, when questioned about the Piracy crisis. Sen.Bayn member on the Committee on Intelligence, was patting himself on the back on the change in the economy, when a question on Piracy was asked by the Fox anchor. Sen. Bayn, started laughing and was not able to stop.
    Bayn should get a drop of credit for saying in a vague manner, that some of the ransom money was leaking to Middle-East terrorists.

    Interview was cut to another member on the Committee on Intelligence, Senator Dr. Tom Coburn (R-OK) also a member on the Committee of Intelligence.

    I do believe there is some inhouse joke on the subject of the terrorist priates that the public has not been made privy to, unless prehaps, the Democrats
    the Piracy joke on the attack of the American people in regards to taxes and tea.

    • I saw that.. (under attack for a week) ouch.. if THAT doesn’t get buried soon .. oh my.. They will start attacking that sailor who said it.

    • canary says:

      Jason glad you caught it. I first caught in an Australian newspaper online, with a link to Sky news. I’m terrible on the computer. Had no way to link it, went back and forth as it was edited twice, the last ended with the “for a week”. But, they blasted the Pris. The camera even focused in on one of the crewman’s bottle in his hand. That disappearing news trick is how I first discovered
      Sweetness & Light, who had the original news from an AP; The AP having watered the news down within minutes. Modern technology.

  19. StevefromMKE says:

    The man was so vague as to what he wanted to do, going so far as to ignore questions about it, that if things went bad, he could disavow the entire incident. But now that it went better than hoped, he can be lauded as some hero.

    • Melly says:

      True……I like how the Captain’s family is dedicating all of their thanks and appreciation to the Navy and the Seals. Not one mention of the Bambster.

    • proreason says:

      “if things went bad, he could disavow the entire incident”

      that should be the title of his next self-indulgent auto-biography

  20. VMAN says:

    I guess all you people haven’t heard the real story. President Barak Obama had a satellite up link with eyes on the target. He personally directed the Navy Seals every move. At just the right moment, which only His Oneness knew, he signaled the shooters to take out their targets. All the time he was doing this he fixed our broken economy, fed hungry children and provided healthcare for millions.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      … and cooled our planet.

    • jobeth says:

      ….and all the while, having inserted a broom up his butt, he swept the floor.

      Sorry folks, couldn’t resist it. You all listed so many things that our Dear Leader was doing at once it reminded me of my husband’s irritated comments if I ask him to do too much at once!

      “While I’m at it I’ll……….!” LOL

    • canary says:

      VMAN,crack me up. I keep thinking of Obombies aid Kundra, making his sales pitch for Obomi to appoint him the new aid of Chief over Security of Technology. He actually laughed about how long word of 9/11 took to get out, and that he could change the speed to more than 6 times faster in meeting in crisis. Course FBI placed Kundra on leave for awhile during an investigation.

  21. jrmcdonald says:

    Way to go Barry! Only three days to say ‘Shoot the bad guys.”

  22. proreason says:

    The pirate captain was 16 years old.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,514840,00.html

    But he was no match for our brave President.

    • caligirl9 says:

      It took how many days to kick a 16-year olds butt?

      Oh boy we are in serious trouble …

    • proreason says:

      Well, he might be 14.

      But Commander Obama will get to the bottom of that mystery in no time.

    • Squito says:

      Hm, can’t wait for the talk from Obama (or some other lib) about how this poor youth was led towards a life of thievery and violence because of an uncaring society or some other psychological mumbo-jumbo-garbage.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Squito, that’s reserved for the underprivileged cop killaz in Oakland …

  23. proreason says:

    Here’s the account of the pirate situation that rings true:

    “Phillips’ first leap into the warm, dark water of the Indian Ocean hadn’t worked out as well. With the Bainbridge in range and a rescue by his country’s Navy possible, Phillips threw himself off of his lifeboat prison, enabling Navy shooters onboard the destroyer a clear shot at his captors — and none was taken. The guidance from National Command Authority — the president of the United States, Barack Obama — had been clear: a peaceful solution was the only acceptable outcome to this standoff unless the hostage’s life was in clear, extreme danger.

    The next day, a small Navy boat approaching the floating raft was fired on by the Somali pirates — and again no fire was returned and no pirates killed. This was again due to the cautious stance assumed by Navy personnel thanks to the combination of a lack of clear guidance from Washington and a mandate from the commander in chief’s staff not to act until Obama, a man with no background of dealing with such issues and no track record of decisiveness, decided that any outcome other than a “peaceful solution” would be acceptable.

    After taking fire from the Somali kidnappers again Saturday night, the on-scene commander decided he’d had enough. Keeping his authority to act in the case of a clear and present danger to the hostage’s life and having heard nothing from Washington since yet another request to mount a rescue operation had been denied the day before, the Navy officer — unnamed in all media reports to date — decided the AK-47 one captor had leveled at Phillips’ back was a threat to the hostage’s life and ordered the NSWC team to take their shots.

    Three rounds downrange later, all three brigands became enemy KIA and Phillips was safe.

    Almost immediately following word of the rescue, the Obama administration and its supporters claimed victory against pirates in the Indian Ocean and declared that the dramatic end to the standoff put paid to questions of the inexperienced president’s toughness and decisiveness.…”

    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/the-story-of-a-successful-rescue-and-obamas-attempt-to-claim-credit/

    The Moron did his usual hang-around act, voting “present” clearly, knowing that some on-the-scene person would act soon enough, and would be the fall-guy if it didn’t go well.

    But it went well, so The Moron jumped up, an annointed himself the hero.

    He’s not just a Moron and an America-hater, he’s a jerk of intergalactic proportions.

    • canary says:

      Pro, I heard on news that a helicopter dropped snipers by parachute, and after the pirate terrorists (not the obomi pirates) fired a flare at the U.S. ship, then the snipers got a clear shot.
      Which I do believe is evidence that Obambi, wanted the situation “talked out” ending with “group hugs, kisses, curtsies, bows, and knocking knuckles”.
      I can’t believe he sent a ship without snipers to begin with. Hell, a ton of pirates and ships could have surrounded ours. I know exactly how Phillips heart sunk, when he got shot at and had to get back in the boat with those animals. He was and is a brave man, and if he tells his story, it would benefit the cause.
      I am adding a pirate theme to an upcoming Tea Party.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Looks to me that this is a far more accurate account of events compared to our unbiased media that has to make this freakishly stupid president look like a big shot. Aside from the fact that it fits with how I see things unfolding, I wish I could be unbiased in my beliefs but everything he does, everything he says, all contradicts what I would consider the proper actions of a man. His is the mind of a child. And like any child who’s been given the keys to power, he uses them to suit his needs, but never realizes how transparently he acts, for he thinks he is also sophisticated and clever, no doubt for all the games of Scrabble he’s played. He thinks he has wit of unmatched parallel, but falls short of any answer of substance when asked a question of specific requirement.

      I am currently reading “A Slobbering Love Affair” and how it really sums up this diptstick’s persona is very interesting indeed. But the focus is on how the media, hungry for him to “do good” must, at every turn, be so outrageously biased as to lie for him, cover up for him and do nothing short of making him look the part, even if it costs the credibility of the news media. That is how much in bed they are with this pantheon of progress.

      Well, I for one, have seen enough “progress”. Bill-Jeff was just a warm-up. This is some serious s**t here. It’s obvious that the Midas Touched fool will one day find he can no longer eat. I submit that although we’re still in a period where the media cannot afford to lose their stake in this ..uh…”presidency”, there will come a time when the finger of blame will rest squarely on the shoulders of Obama. And it will be so obvious that no amount of spin or “versioning” of the truth will change the glaringly plain.

      Then, you will see the real Barry. Inasmuch as Bill-Jeff had to appear before the US on primetime TV and admit, perhaps for the first time in HIS life, that he messed up royally (though he almost didn’t), you will see in BHO the vile, spoiled, angry little brat that he is. But that also hinges on something very important….one of his valuable cronies who supports him no matter what, will have to jump ship, or simply not be there to cover for him.

      No regime is perfect or bulletproof. Eventually, something big has to happen and even the least lacking in awareness will have to see it. THAT is when people make up their minds, or change them.

      Yet, sadly….I also fear that even when presented with the obvious, many blacks and white apologists will attempt damage control and still stand in his corner and make excuses. And that’s what saddens me the most. The fact that there are a huge number of people who would prefer to preserve his reputation than do what is right and correct for the nation.

      We used to have character. Eisenhower once made a statement that is a paraphrased quote from Greek philosopher that says, “What is right, isn’t always popular and that which is popular isn’t always right”. But we have lost the ability, as a nation, to make these distinctions thanks, in part, to television, the sound-bite mentality we have now and the ever-angry hippies who want to fix the world.

      *sigh*….and for me, just trying to be a decent human being, by definition, puts me at odds with the government in its current iteration.

      Sad, ain’t it?

  24. proreason says:

    This pirate situation is the perfect microcosm for The Moron’s life and administration. And a lot of usually reliable conservatives don’t get it.

    Bernie Goldberg, the author of the “Slobbering” book that Rusty is reading, said on Hannity last night that conservatives should not refuse to give The Moron credit like the libwits refused to give Bush credit.

    I don’t see it that way at all.

    As many have said on S&L, The Moron had plenty of opportunities to act responsibly to save American lives. Instead, he hid under his desk and WAITED FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO ACT. “Approving” force was a non-act. If he had done anything other than approve the twice-asked explicit request, than he would have placed himself in political peril. It took no courage, wisdom or initiative to say “ok”. Frankly, I wouldn’t be objecting to his early silence if he had kept his mouth shut later, but I strongly object that he let it play out for so long, and that he raced to grab credit when the courageous Navy officer took the proper action at enormous personal risk.

    The real story is that The Moron toyed with the lives of American citizens. He was more concerned about how he would look politically than he was about our neigbors’ welfare. Everything he did and did not do was calculated to make sure he would be the hero or, even worse, have somebody to blame if the situation ended poorly. And that is the behaviour of a coward and approaches the behaviour of a psychopath.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Pro .. couldn’t agree more. I am absolutely convinced o-blah-blah fiddled while rome was burning!

      If the hypocrite coward-in-chief had acted with wisdom, forethought, and and sense of experience or experienced guidance (ha, ha) .. the first time that captain managed to exit his captive craft .. the Navy would’ve had turned the pirate held boat and pirates into smithereens.

      Now while I’m not entirely convinced the Navy needed any presidential clearances (unless they had been SPECIFICALLY ordered to NOT use force – and even then there’s some questions), The sole accolades need to go to those involved in/on the scene and them alone.

      o-blah-blah was more of an interference than a boon by any measure.

  25. proreason says:

    Only PR’s perverted brain can think about some of this stuff.

    Is anybody else kind of wondering how it has come about that The Moron’s first big test as commander in chief just happens to be a bunch of 3rd world kids in a shooting gallery? Against the most powerful navy ever.

    I mean, think about it…..Russia, Iran, Hamas, N. Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuala, et al….itching to cause trouble militarilly….and here we have, miraculously, a 16-year old bathtub pirate as The Moron’s first big adversary.

    Somebody has said these ragtag ruffians are financed by rich men who take most of their profits.

    Where has Geore Soros’ been the last few weeks.

  26. dostadawg says:

    Funny you heard nothing from Obama until after a successful rescue by the SEALS. Just imagine what would have been said had it gone wrong , Obama would have thrown the Navy and the SEAL team under the bus…


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