(EDITORS NOTE: Hey, I’m just an Army Grunt, so whadda I know? But I read a lot of books, and i know some SEALs, so the commentary below is just extrapolation on my part. Just guesswork, but informed guesswork. Hey, you get what you pay for.)
MOMBASA,Kenya (AP) – An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a swift firefight that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, the ship’s owner said and a U.S. official said.
Which means either (a) either SEAL team snipers took them out, or (b) SEAL UDT frogmen (yes, i know it’s not the correct term — sue me) popped up in synch on either side of the lifeboat and capped the Somali terrorist bastards.
A senior U.S. intelligence official said a pirate who had been involved in negotiations to free Capt. Richard Phillips but who was not on the lifeboat was in custody.
Apparently, one of the skinny bastards ducked.
Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.
Pretty damned fast, I guess — which lends credence to the UDT theory.
Maersk Line Limited President and CEO John Reinhart said in a news release that the U.S. government informed the company around 1:30 p.m. EDT Sunday that Phillips had been rescued. Reinhart said the company called Phillips’ wife, Andrea, to tell her the news.
And when Hillary was told the news, she cried like a prison bitch for an hour that her new policy of engagement with Somalia was an abject failure.
The U.S. official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. A Pentagon spokesman had no immediate comment.
Because when these terrorist rat-frag bastards try this again — and believe me, they’re too stooooopid NOT to try it again — we want to be able to use the same technique without tipping them off.
When Phillips’ crew heard the news aboard their ship in the port of Mombasa, they placed an American flag over the rail of the top of the Maersk Alabama and whistled and pumped their fists in the air. Crew fired a bright red flare into the sky from the ship.
And somebody probably broke into the cooking sherry, I’m sure. Good for them.
Negotiations “broke down” when Somali elders, whom Hillary the Wonderful’s State Department was negotiating through, declined to “surrender” the pirates to face American justice. Seems to me American Justice would’ve been better than a 9mm solution through the frontal cortex; but that’s just me.
Way to go, gentlemen. First Round’s on me.
Note to Hillary: Nice try. No trophy for second place, though. Congratulations on getting three people killed.
***UPDATE:*** I was right; snipers. Apparently the Navy ship was only “25-30 yards away” according to Julie Banderas on Fox news. That’s pretty damned close for a Wasp-class Marine vessel. Hell, *I* could have hit them from THAT distance.