On the pirates et al, Jim Lobe has a hilarious post — an excerpt from “the Corner” (the one that NR is backed into by reality, apparently).
I have the following report over the transom, which I am sure the White House will not verify (so I didn’t bother to ask).
Note that I offer this as an informed view, not as an argument for or against the action (or lack of it), since I agree with Ron Paul that, in the long run, the privates can handle the pirates better, and our navy has better things to do anyway — like blockading the beltway:
>>Obama refused to authorize the SEAL teams even to go to the scene for 36 hours going against the request and recommendation of the on-scene commander. Once the SEALS arrived on the scene, Obama imposed restrictions on their Rules Of Engagement that they couldn’t do anything unless the hostage’s life was in “imminent” danger. The first time the hostage jumped, the SEALS had the pirates all sighted in, but could not fire due to the restriction on the rules of engagement.<<>>When the U.S. Navy vessel Bainbridge came under fire as it approached with supplies, no fire was returned due to the restrictions. As the pirates were shooting at the Naval vessel, they were exposed and the SEALS had them all dialed in. <<
>>Obama specifically denied two rescue plans developed by the Bainbridge Captain and SEAL teams.The Bainbridge Captain and SEAL team commander finally decided they have the authority solely to determine the risk to hostage. 4 hours later, 3 dead pirates.<<9:33 am on April 18, 2009 Email Christopher Manion