Posted by Paul, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2009 at 7:39 am
No, I didn't know that. In that case, what ever happened to dialogue? Diplomacy? Statesmanship? Not all of America's problems can be solved with violence, so why is Obama so quick to pull the trigger on these pirates? Could it be b/c their not white? Hmm...
Posted by Paul (who initiated this post), a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2009 at 7:52 am
The posting immediately above this one was made by some trickster masquerading as me.
Anyway, to respond to your reply, here is an excerpt by Jeff Emanuel from an article today in Pajamas Media...
"...Philips’ 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, Philips 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 Philips’ 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 Philips was safe.
There is upside, downside, and spin-side to the series of events over the last week that culminated in yesterday’s dramatic rescue of an American hostage.
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.
Despite the Obama administration’s (and its sycophants’) attempt to spin yesterday’s success as a result of bold, decisive leadership by the inexperienced president, the reality is nothing of the sort.
What should have been a standoff lasting only hours — as long as it took the USS Bainbridge and its team of NSWC operators to steam to the location — became an embarrassing four-day-and-counting standoff between a rag-tag handful of criminals with rifles and a U.S. Navy warship.
However, instead of taking direct, decisive action against the rag-tag group of gunmen, the Obama administration dilly-dallied, dawdled, and eschewed any decisiveness whatsoever, even in the face of enemy fire, in hopes that the situation would somehow resolve itself without violence. Thus, the administration sent a clear message to all who would threaten U.S. interests abroad that the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has no idea how to respond to such situations — and no real willingness to use military force to resolve them.
Any who think they weren’t watching every minute of this are guilty — at best — of greatly underestimating our enemies.
Like the crew of the Alabama, which took swift and decisive action to take back their own ship rather than wait for help from Washington that they knew could not be counted on, Captain Philips took matters into his own hands for the second time in three days, leaping into the water to create a diversion and allowing the NSWC team to eliminate his captors. The result, of course, was the best that could possibly be expected: three pirates dead, the captain unharmed, and a fourth Somali man who had surrendered late Saturday night in custody.
One thing that will bear watching will be what the Obama DOJ attempts to do with the captive pirate. My money is on a life of welfare checks, a plot of land (in a red state, naturally), and voting rights in Chicago, New York, and Seattle.
In all seriousness, though, who knows? Obama could decide to get tough on the last surviving participant in the first pirating of an American ship since Thomas Jefferson sent the U.S. Marine Corps to root out and destroy the Barbary pirates.
However, given the administration’s track record to date, I won’t be holding my breath on that one. "
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:30 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
"a peaceful solution was the only acceptable outcome to this standoff unless the hostage’s life was in clear, extreme danger"
That was what happened though supposedly, right? An AK-47 was leveled at the captain's head. That can be interpreted as "clear, extreme danger". There's another piece of this puzzle missing. The Somali pirates apparently rarely kill anyone because most countries just pay the ransom, exacerbating the problem (they make it profitable to be a pirate).
Posted by Paul, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:40 am
Oh wait, I just realized that I cited a very small and largely unknown media outlet called Pajamas Media. If you've heard of them, they're the ones who hired "Joe the Plumber" as a war correspondent, of all things, as a publicity stunt.
Sorry everybody--I think it's clear now how I came up with my misinformed point-of-view. I'll just stick to their plumbing articles from now on, provided Joe actually gets licensed at some point.
Posted by The Moleman, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:54 am
Oh man, I just checked out Pajamas Media. They call Barney Frank a "hater" in a headline, claim leftism is racism, declare Ayn Rand a "prophet" and slapped their own byline on an AP movie review. Looks like the work of some very talented teenagers! Thanks for pointing out this rich "news" source--it's almost as good as the Onion!
Posted by nospam1, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2009 at 9:24 am nospam1 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
You are revealing your ignorance (I am being polite as I thought of many other less desirable adjectives to describe you):
Pajamas Media is a much more credible news organization than our mainstream media. Pajamas Media is the primary source that uncovered Dan Rather's lies about Bush...for which Rather was ultimately caught red-handed and fired.
I would encourage you to view more PJ Media articles if you truly would like a different view of what is happening politically vs. what you only learn (e.g. Michelle Obama's latest fashion statement and what dog the Obama's have selected, how tingly Obama makes the news anchors legs, etc.)
Posted by nospam1, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2009 at 9:50 am nospam1 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Spoken like a true democrat who bashes the Joe-the-Plumbers of America who represent hard working, decent citizens of this Country. You should apply for a job with the Obama Admin...perhaps ACORN. They can use more America hating punks and thugs like you.