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For Obama, the benefits were instantly clear: an American life saved and a major victory notched against an increasingly worrisome scourge of the seas off the Horn of Africa.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy is showing only glimmers of life and two costly wars remain in the balance, but President Barack Obama’s “no drama” handling of the Indian Ocean hostage crisis proved a big win for his administration in its first critical national security test.
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.
Yes..quite the “major victory”.As I believe Jeff has pointed out last night the U.S.Navy didn’t need authorization to rescue Capt. Phillips by the President.For the AP to portray Barack Obama as a key player in all this is absurd.
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Obama’s handling of the crisis showed a president who was comfortable in relying on the U.S. military, much as his predecessor, George W. Bush, did.
Will Obama benefit politically?
But it also showed a new commander in chief who was willing to use all the tools at his disposal, bringing in federal law enforcement officials to handle the judicial elements of the crisis.
The rescue appeared to vindicate Obama’s muted but determined handling of the incident. What won’t be known for some time is whether Obama will benefit politically.
When Obama campaigns for re-election, he may take Bush’s approach of turning any such incident into evidence of his leadership acumen. On the other hand, Obama didn’t go before the cameras Sunday to trumpet the success, instead releasing a written statement that saluted the bravery of the military and Phillips but claimed no credit for himself.
Yeah…America will be deeply impressed that Barack Obama could take out a crippled life boat filled with three peasant pirates and a small boy with two navy warships.He’s a regular freakin’ John Wayne.