Somali Pirates’ famous last words: “We are not afraid of the Americans…”

“MOGADISHU – Somali pirates holding an American hostage on a drifting lifeboat vowed on Friday to fight any attack by US naval forces stalking them at high sea.

“We are not afraid of the Americans,” one of the pirates told Reuters by satellite phone on behalf of the gang holding ship captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean. “We will defend ourselves if attacked.” 

Unless we get our brains blown out first. Next?

And Beldar’s Blog says what I consider to be the final word on the entire affair [some writing is too perfect not to lift from another blog]:

:UPDATE (Sun Apr 12 @ 8:45pm): If you’re wondering why I’ve been so churlish in not extending even a nod of appreciation to our Commander in Chief, read this paragraph tucked away near the end of the New York Times’ account of the rescue:”

“The Defense Department twice asked Mr. Obama for permission to use military force to rescue Captain Phillips, most recently late on Friday night, senior defense officials said. On Saturday morning, the president agreed to permit action, they said, but only if it appeared that the captain’s life was in imminent danger.”

“Then tell me: When, exactly, during this entire episode was Captain Phillips’ life not in imminent danger? Why did Barack Obama have to sleep on the decision whether to permit our military commanders on the scene to use their own judgment as to whether to kill pirates who had attacked an American vessel and were holding its captain hostage? If this paragraph from the NYT is correct, then even if our forces had clear shots at all of the pirates simultaneously prior to Saturday morning, they lacked Obama’s permission to take them. And that is outrageous and, on the part of our nominal Commander in Chief, pathetic.”

“Yes, I suppose Obama could have been more pathetic — he could have refused permission altogether….”

Go read the entire article. Definitely a must read.

8 responses to “Somali Pirates’ famous last words: “We are not afraid of the Americans…”

  1. OOohhhh you are stepping on THEIR toes now !

    Lowell won’t be happy !

  2. It isn’t about Lowell so long as he doesn’t try to spin the tremendous news about the rescue into some wonderful feat that Obama performed. You won’t do that, will you Lowell?

  3. No John, I’m glad for two things,

    One is that the Captain is safely rescued,
    Two that it was done with such professionalism.

    I do hope that this gives them (the pirates) pause.

    I wonder why the ships in the area don’t arm their crews?

  4. He doesn’t have to HIS media is doing it. The team from the freighter had asked for the Obama Admin for permission to kill if imminent danger were present. That request went out Wednesday…he responded on Saturday and the kill shots were Sunday. HE would have had blood on his hand, as the pirates shot at the Captain when he tried to swim away…

  5. Ya know Lowell, I was thinking the same…if so many crews are hijacked, why not arm yourselves? I would think it would be automatic….

    I can’t find anything stating different though….

  6. You’re upset because he gave permission under the circumstance of being in imminent danger? I would submit to you that the Capt. was never in imminent danger given the fact that he was their bargaining chip.

    Do you think the pirates are dumb enough to think that they could kill the captain and live? Or get their ransom money. If you think that the captain was in imminent danger from the get-go then you really need re-think the whole…holding someone for ransom to get what you want thing…it doesn’t work out real well when you have nothing to blackmail or bargain with.

  7. people think that just because obama made one mistake that he is a terrible person. or so i hear.people just need to give the guy a break! hes only been president for 100 and somthin days 🙂

  8. I don’t think he is a terrible person. I think he is seriously misguided and lacks basic knowledge–he believes in stuff that just does not work. Sorta like an auto mechanic who doesn’t know that you should not put sugar in the gas tank, or who does not know enough to keep oil in the crankcase.

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