The Washington Post is reporting:

Throughout the past four days, White House officials played down Obama’s role in the hostage drama. Until yesterday, he made no public statements about the pirates.

In fact, aides said yesterday, Obama had been briefed 17 times since he returned from his trip abroad, including several times from the White House Situation Room. And without giving too many details, senior White House officials made it clear that Obama had provided the authority for the rescue.

The full Washington Post article by Michael D. Shear is here.


3 Responses to “Obama’s Role in the Maersk Alabama Hijacking”

  1. cagey says:

    From an earlier posting by “Capt.” somebody:

    “All talk and no action as runs in the Clinton family. Seafarers don’t expect anything least of all action against piracy from this woman or our current Administration.”

    The right-wing sure would like to believe that the current administration is a bunch of do nothing pansies. This posting seems to indicate that Obama was in fact pretty engaged. Don’t you hate it when reality gets in the way of your fantasy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The symptoms of this malady are the same as foot in mouth:

    - Not thinking clearly
    - Blogging/talking without thinking

    Everyone really needs to be more thoughtful, rational, and patient. THe world is much more connected and what you say WILL come back to bite you if you’re not smarter, thinking clearly, and apply tools and technology appropriately.


  3. Capt. Rick says:

    The Full Story emerges: (See LA Times Article.)

    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 onscene 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 AK47 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 spinside 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 an end 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 ragtag handful of criminals with rifles and a US Navy warship.

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