Monday, April 13, 2009
Kudos to President Obama
I know that it would not be easy to give someone authority to kill another person, but when Somalian pirates took an American ship captain, Richard Phillips, captive, President Obama allowed the US Navy people on site make the decision to use force to rescue the American prisoner if they deemed the prisoner to be in imminent danger.
During tense negotiations, the Somali pirates were seen to have their AK-47s pointed at the kidnapped American ship captain.
From the nearby US Navy ship, snipers shot three pirates with guns pointed at their captive.
The captain was rescued by US Navy Seals.
Hats off to a gutsy call by President Obama to allow the Seals to do what they are trained to do.
Of course, now critics are whining and moaning and predicting a rise in violence, and indeed, the pirates still alive have promised to hurt American or French captives in the future, but they should understand that when you point a gun at someone, you have opened the door to having one used on yourself.
Can you imagine the skill of a person with a rifle who could pick off bad guys bobbing around on a boat, while themselves on a ship in the ocean?
There's no glory in killing someone, but when a terrorist kidnaps an innocent person and points a gun at this person, it's serious. In my opinion, by kidnapping and holding a gun on the kidnapped person, that man has opened the door to be killed himself.
I'm proud of our Navy, and I'm proud President Obama was able to make such a tough call.
Our Special Forces are heroes.
I think Obama and the US Navy did the right thing.