I was just listening to the radio and I am just amazed at the desperation to love Obama over the recent Naval-Somali Pirates crisis. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly glad that Obama did what he did here, but my understanding is this: He gave the go ahead to the Navy to do what they knew needed to be done- the Navy moved in a hosed the bastards and freed the good captain.
The best credit that CNN gives the President is:
Obama had given standing orders for the military to take “decisive action” if Phillips was in “imminent danger,” Gortney said.
Fox discusses Obama’s role in a little more detail, but doesn’t really say that he did anything more:
President Obama twice authorized the military to rescue a U.S. captain held by Somali pirates and whose life appeared to be at risk.
A senior administration official told FOX News that Obama granted the authority on Friday and Saturday to use appropriate force to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips from a lifeboat off the Somali coast. The Pentagon believed Phillips’ life was at risk both times, officials said.
MSNBC‘s story doesn’t credit Obama at all, but links an analysis that raves about his “no drama” leadership, but still provides no details of his actions besides the same as the others:
Obama’s quiet backstage decision to authorize the Defense Department to take necessary action if Capt. Richard Phillips’ life was in imminent danger gave a Navy commander the go-ahead to order snipers to fire on the pirates holding the cargo ship captain at gunpoint.
But the radio show that I was listening to, which, to be granted, is the always pretty nutty K-Town Connection, people were calling in and singing songs dedicated to Obama (no mention of the naval snipers), claiming that this was a day that they would treasure and remember and tell their grandchildren about, and the host claimed that it was the most proud that she had ever been of something that a president had done in her lifetime.
Really? Really? Like I said, Obama did well, I’m not saying he didn’t, but he didn’t actually do anything except give the OK. He didn’t put any plans in place, he didn’t for a team that did anything, all he did was say go. Was this really “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall“?
Really? Was this anywhere near on par with Clinton’s Welfare to Work reforms, or the unprecedented economic achievements of the mid-1990s to mid-2000s? Really?
Was this anywhere near the achievement of our military overthrowing Baghdad in mere weeks?
Really? Did it make you as proud as when the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein was chased out of town and turned in to this guy:
Really? As proud making school available to girls in Afganistan?
And that’s just shit that’s happened in my lifetime- most of it since I reached the age of majority. Priorities?
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