Well this will make the wingnuts' heads explode!
Apparently Obama approved the Special Forces mission to save the Captain!
As I have said in many diaries, Obama has to give the final approval for use of Special Forces. If this mission resulted in the Captain being killed he would have been blamed by the media as well as the wingnuts. Since this mission was successful, Obama is responsible for the success as well.
A senior US official tells me that President Barack Obama approved a recommendation by Defense Secretary Bob Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen to dispatch special forces to the US scene on Friday.
These special forces were authorized to take action "in extremis" against the Somali pirates holding Maersk Captain Richard Phillips, 53, hostage on a motorized lifeboat off the coast of Somalia.
A senior official tells me that when the fourth Somali pirate was on the Bainbridge ship, Phillips moved to side of the lifeboat to relieve himself.
At that point, U.S. special forces saw their opportunity and took other three pirates out.
Captain Phillips is now safe aboard a U.S. vessel.
It's "going to make a great movie," a U.S. official adds.
The Captain, crew, and Navy Seals are all heroes!
Also, I don't care what anybody says, Obama has passed his first test! The second and more difficult test will be stopping piracy once and for all!
AP agrees! Obama passed his First National Security Test with "NO DRAMA" handling of test!