Captain freed; three pirates dead

What the heck were these guys thinking? Saddam Hussein was playing a game in which he was thumbing his nose at the US. He died for that gamble. So, these pirates… how did they think this was going to end? A Navy Destroyer and other ships were in the area. Clearly they were clueless.

The interesting aspect of this is that Barack Obama had to be in the loop. He probably okayed the mission. What was said? He couldn’t look like Jimmy Carter in the failed Iranian hostage crisis in which our helicopters crashed and servicemen died long before they got to our embassy. This could have been a political disaster. Why wasn’t it? Hopefully, someone will do some investigative journalism and we’ll find out the story in the coming days.

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The American captain of a cargo ship held hostage by pirates jumped overboard from the lifeboat where he was being held, and U.S. Navy SEALs shot and killed three of his four captors, according to a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation.

Capt. Richard Phillips was helped out of the water off the Somali coast and is uninjured and in good condition, the official said. He was taken aboard the USS Bainbridge, a nearby naval warship.

At the time of the shootings, the fourth pirate was aboard the Bainbridge negotiating with officials, the source said. That pirate was taken into custody.

Maersk Line Limited, owner of the cargo ship that Phillips captained, issued a statement saying it was informed at 1:30 p.m. by the U.S. government that he had been rescued. John Reinhart, president and CEO, called Phillips’ wife, Andrea, to tell her the good news.   (more… )

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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