God bless their steady arms and sharp eyes:
...the early reports of a 'fire fight' were somewhat over stated. It seems 3 shots, 3 ex-pirates is more like the case.
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.
Twice, huh? So obviously the first time Obama said no, and the next time (Friday night) he said, "Let me think about it". Eventually, sometime the next morning (5AM? 1145AM? who knows?) Baracky says OK, but with strict conditions.
So how do the conditions play out? Imminent danger means someone just about to pull a trigger on an automatic weapon pointed at an American's head:
...through the window of the front hatch, they saw the third pirate, pointing his AK-47 at the back of Captain Phillips, who was seen to be tied up.
That was it: the provocation that fulfilled the president’s order to act only if the captain’s life was in imminent danger....
Well. If that pirate would have had a wee bit of a twitchy trigger finger, we'd have a very different outcome today.
Wonder if the captain would have 'fessed up about the strict orders he was given? Regardless, Gibbs would have backed the Obama Cruiser right over him anyway...
Seems to me as if the Navy Seals bailed out Barack Obama's sorry ass. Next time, he may not be that lucky...
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