Tweet Late Breaking News, Sunday (4:50 EST): Hero Captain Phillips has been rescued by the Navy and is apparently unharmed!!!
MOMBASA, Kenya (April 12) - 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, U.S. officials said. (AOL)
North Korea, Iran and Now Somalia: The Tests Just Keep On Coming With The Grade A Resounding Incomplete
As an update we have still not heard anything from President Obama concerning the Somali standoff or our response , if any to North Korea, but news and pictures out of the White House indicate that a the long awaited first dog has been selected.
So to recap recent events, we are still waiting for a response on the North Korea missile firing from the United Nations, on Iran's Ahmadinejad reafirming his country's right to enrich uranium and on Somalia terrorists feeling they had nothing to fear hijacking a U.S. flagged vessel.
A new development detailed below is that the Somali pirates have apparently fired on a U.S. Navy vessel with no response. As discussed yesterday the captured Captain is a true American hero, a man who put his safety and life at risk in order to save his crew. We can only hope and pray that he will come out of this alive and well.
We are now at the point, however, where this crisis is yet another test of the Obama Administration's resolve. So far, silence, even in the face of gunfire aimed at a Navy vessel, seems to be the course of action. What's next? I am not here to say that this is an easy situation to resolve, but at some point negotiations will have to be deemed a failure, and action taken. For fhe Obama Administration, however, in it's overiding goal of being liked and loved all over the world, talk seems to be the choice d'jour, even under fire.
"Early Saturday, the pirates holding Phillips in the lifeboat fired a few shots at a small U.S. Navy vessel that had approached, a U.S. military official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The official said the U.S. sailors did not return fire, the Navy vessel turned away and no one was hurt. He said the vessel had not been attempting a rescue. The pirates are believed armed with pistols and AK-47 assault rifles." (AOL)