April 12, 2009, - 7:21 pm

YAY! American Captain Freed From “Somalian Pirate” Islamic Terrorists, But Crew Says Obama Waited Too Long

By Debbie Schlussel
**** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE ****
The Best Crew I’ve Ever Sailed With. The Captain Never Gave This Crew Up. Not Once. . . . Now we know how to beat ‘em, and word’s out.
Well, it’s a good day for the family and crew of newly freed Richard Phillips, Captain of the Maersk Alabama ship briefly invaded by Islamic Terrorists, to whom the media likes to refer with the euphemism “Somalian Pirates.” While the pirates pointed AK-47s at Captain Phillips, sharp-shooters shot and killed three of the terrorists. That’s a start, and there’s plenty of room in the ocean for more. You can bet these Islamic terrorists will think twice before taking another ship with an American crew aboard. And other ships with foreign crews should take note of this week of American bravery. Watch the first video.
However, the American crew of the Maersk says that they waited too long before they had help from the U.S. Navy (strangely, NBC edited that part out of the video after first airing it on tonight’s NBC Nightly News). They say they were under attack for a week before the Islamic terrorists boarded their ship. They also said that the ship was never “taken” by the Islamic terrorist “pirates.” Watch the second video. The crew’s reaction is noteworthy, and their captain’s brave behavior is very American.

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Also of note, the Maersk Alabama was carrying humanitarian aid for a number of African countries, including Somalia. This is how they treat their own in Muslim Somalia and the rest of Muslim-dominated Africa. Yet, we are supposed to make peace with and be tolerant of them. Dream on.
**** UPDATE: Reader Marvin has a great point.

The media is calling this rescue, “a miraculous, heroic accomplishment.”
Debbie, it was a raft with 4 pirates, with an American hostage, against a US NAVAL DESTROYER. Compared to the rescue operation in Entebbe, this was a total joke.
How are they considering this a major military feat?????
We are doomed. The fact that it went on for more then a day is a total embarrassment.

And, as I noted above, the ship’s crew said it actually lasted for a whole week before the Islamic terrorists came aboard the ship.

Next, the surviving pirate will get a book and movie deal.

The way things are going in this world, I wouldn’t be surprised.

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Good for the crew, Captain and of course the US navy-Go SEALS

mindy1 on April 12, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Much as Obama didn’t want to do anything, he ran the risk of having his presidency defined like Carter did, re his inability to stand up to the Iranians. He chose what to him was the ‘lesser of two evils’.
Also, the NYT coverage was particularly shameful. They ran a big article Friday about why the pirates weren’t terrorists, and later on in the article discussed that the captain was probably joking around with the pirates making them laugh. Incredibly they kept this on their web site even after the captain risked his life attempting to escape.

c f on April 12, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Islamists live to kill infidels. Sadly, a lot of people are in denial. The rescue of Captain Richard Phillips and crew is one of those rare bright spots in the war on Islam the world doesn’t want to acknowledge or even fight.

NormanF on April 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm

[But Crew Says Obama Waited Too Long]
According to the first video, the crew said the US NAVY TOOK TOO LONG!!! NOT OBAMA!!! The US Navy responded by saying it just didn’t have the resources to do it, the area is just too big.
OBAMA passed his first international crisis with flying colors!!! OBAMA had the pirates killed.
Thank God on this Easter day that OBAMA is the PRESIDENT!
And with blogs like DebbieSchlussel.com, I thank God on this Easter day that the US media is overwhelmingly LIBERAL!!!
[NB: AND I THOUGHT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA WAS NOW THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. MY MISTAKE. IT'S REALLY STILL GEORGE W. BUSH, AND IT'S HIS FAULT THE NAVY TOOK TOO LONG. RIGHT? THANKS FOR THE TIP. WHAT WOULD I EVER DO WITHOUT LIBS LIKE YOU TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT? DS]

Norman Blitzer on April 12, 2009 at 11:18 pm

[You can bet these Islamic terrorists will think twice before taking another ship with an American crew aboard.]
I disagree. The French have been going after these pirates for a long time and yet they still go after French boats.
What needs to be done to perhaps deter this sort of thing is to hold the one guy that was captured just inches over the water in full view of the others and let the sharks slowly go after him. I believe the Russians and French just captured some other jihadist Pirates. This should be done to all of them.
I know this will work because in the 1980s when Russians and Americans were being kidnapped in Lebanon the Russians did something similar to Hezbullah cretins they captured. The Americans did not. After a while only Americans were being kidnapped.

i_am_me on April 12, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Consider yourself flattered. When I first saw this story my mind jumped to “I wonder what DS put up abut this?”
And sure enough I called! Islamic terrorists! Nevermind the fact that no intelligence service has linked the pirates to any terrorist netowrk and that no pirate crew has made an ideological demand…
These are criminals. If you see them solely through the lens of being “Muslim terrorists” you’re never going to be able to solve the problem of piracy because you’re always going to misinterpret its causes. This is greed, not religious fanaticism.
c f: The US did the smart thing. It looked or the least dangerous way to resolve the situation rather than reacting in a hasty and half assed way, but when it was clear the situation was going to escalate the SEALs acting quickly and effectively. It’s hardly a bad thing.
i am me: You know what we should really do? Chop of thieves’ hands! That would show them! The bottom line is that there are some lines of brutality a civilized nation can’t cross.
[FFG: CLEARLY, YOU ARE NOT A REGULAR READER OF THIS SITE. I'VE CALLED THEM WHAT THEY ARE--ISLAMIC TERRORISTS--FOR SEVERAL YEARS, REPEATEDLY ON THIS SITE. IN FACT, THEY'VE BEEN LINKED TO AL-QAEDA AND THEY ARE FROM SOMALIA. HELLO . . .? I'M SORRY, I MUST HAVE LOST THE PAGE OF THE "ABSOLUTE IRON-CLAD TERRORIST-DESIGNATION RULEBOOK," WHICH YOU CLAIM REQUIRES THAT A GROUP OF TERRORISTS MUST BE LINKED TO OTHER TERRORISTS IN ORDER TO BE TERRORISTS OR HAVE AN IDEOLOGICAL DEMAND. CLEARLY YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT A TERRORIST IS, AND WE REALLY DON'T HAVE TIME TO CLUE YOU IN, IF YOU CAN'T BOTHER TO READ MY POSTS ON THIS FROM THE LAST WEEK AND FROM PREVIOUS YEARS IN WHICH I'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS. THEY ARE MUSLIMS, AND THEY ARE TERRORISTS. THEREFORE, THEY ARE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS. IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. THEY JUST HAPPEN TO ALL BE MUSLIMS WHOSE TARGETS ARE MOSTLY WESTERN. BUT IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM. UH-HUH. I'M SURE THE HIJACKED PLANES ON 9/11 HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM, EITHER. YOUR REGURGITATION OF THE NEW YORK HAMAS TIMES' "REASONING" ON WHY THESE TERRORISTS AREN'T TERRORISTS WILL BE HAPPILY ABSORBED ELSEWHERE. YOUR "DISTINCTIONS" ARE WITHOUT A DIFFERENCE. DS]

FeynmanFanGirl on April 13, 2009 at 1:00 am

How funny that a lib will demand iron-clad proof of “intelligence links” of Islam & Somali pirates but shudder at the thought of their messiah having to show his birth certificate. LOL
“OBAMA passed his first international crisis with flying colors!!! OBAMA had the pirates killed.”
So are you only going to acknowledge the crises that Obama actually does something about it? That’s the only way I can figure you came to the conclusion that this was his “first int’l crisis”.
And I’m not even sure how you concluded that killing a handful of poor blacks (without being read their rights or given a fair trial) is a success?? What about the pirates’ families? Who I’m sure also live in squalor due to the Imperialist US. It is all our fault that they are uneducated w/ no job opportunities and probably hungry too thanks to the white man raping their people & pillaging their land. All they were really trying to do was get the food from those ships to feed their people. So why are libs cheering that Ogabe killed some poor blacks to save some greedy, white guy?? Where is Kanye when we need him? Sheesh!!!

Cheesestick on April 13, 2009 at 3:54 am

You are spot on yet again, Debbie! A pirate is a terrorist. Call the scum what they are. After listening to the pathetic reporters at the news conference yesterday, their questions about the Seals’ actions and the killing of the ‘pirates of Penzance’ sounded like a typical liberal news media attempt to somehow ‘defend’ the poor pirate, look to blame our great warriors for misjudgement. Example, ‘ Why did the Navy feel the Captain’s life was in danger?’ Answer: He had an AK-47 aimed at his head. Duh! Now the great Messiah Obama is being credited for taking out the ‘pirates’… those magical, sea-faring gold-seekers. The best answer for the ‘ Where are you taking the 4th pirate who gave himself up’ question…. HE’S GOING TO DISNEYWORLD! Where was Jesse Jackson or Sean Penn when the poor misunderstood ‘pirates’ needed their guidance???

NoObamaNation on April 13, 2009 at 7:34 am

***norman_blitzer: The US Navy responded by saying it just didn’t have the resources to do it, the area is just too big.***
Are you saying that the US Navy does not have all of their technologies, including satellites, at their disposal to locate one ship in a large area, not to mention relying on word-of-mouth, reconnaissance, and hi-tech communications and surveillance skills? The fact you SAID it about the US Navy is stretching credibility.
***i_am_me: I disagree. The French have been going after these pirates for a long time and yet they still go after French boats.***
That’s because the pirates know the French always wave the white flag of surrender and invite them over for wine and cheese anyway.

Bobby's Brain on April 13, 2009 at 8:11 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-yJBsjatW0
Face it *volk*—Homey’s TEFLON and the GOP is on the road to extinction:)
The strategy sounds LOGICAL to me—wait out pirates, pirates get tired AND sloppy…BOOM, hostage freed, ALIVE!!!
Herr GW waited how many YEARS for the “surge” [which in actuality, was putting the amount of troops RECOMMENDED from jump street]? All you chickenhawks better stick to video games since you never did have a clue about what STRATEGY is.

EminemsRevenge on April 13, 2009 at 8:11 am

We’re back to the Carter/Clinton years where the FBI will be investigating the ‘crime scene” and the DOJ will be issuing ‘indictments’. For all his faults, GWB was a much greater patriot then Obambi will ever be.

Ripper on April 13, 2009 at 8:39 am

Obama had as much to do with the rescue of Capt. Phillips as the rooster has with the sun coming up every morning.
In fact I think that these wastes of humanity the press calls “Pirates” would have never dared gone after a U.S. flagged vessel while Bush was in office. They are testing America’s resolve the way a toddler pushes their parents to see just how much they can get away with.

MarySJ on April 13, 2009 at 9:24 am

[Are you saying that the US Navy does not have all of their technologies, ...The fact you SAID it about the US Navy is stretching credibility.
Posted by Bobby's Brain]
I didn’t say it, the US NAVY SAID IT.It’s not about technology it’s about logistics: You can’t have ships moving at a drop of a dime to cover an area of thousands upon thousands of miles of water.
[MY MISTAKE. IT'S REALLY STILL GEORGE W. BUSH, AND IT'S HIS FAULT THE NAVY TOOK TOO LONG. RIGHT?:DS]
No, it was the Navy’s job. Right now I’m listening to Laura Ingraham and even she gives Pres.Obama credit although in a backhanded sort of way.
[WHAT WOULD I EVER DO WITHOUT LIBS LIKE YOU TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT? DS]
You’re very welcome Debbie.
[NB: LAURA INGRAHAM? YOU'RE CITING AS YOUR AUTHORITY A WOMAN WHO OUTED GAY PEOPLE TO THEIR PARENTS IN COLLEGE AND WHO WAS CAUGHT STALKING A MARRIED EX-BOYFRIEND? WOW, THAT'S LOW . . . EVEN FOR YOU. DS]

Norman Blitzer on April 13, 2009 at 9:28 am

Considering the value of the cargo of even the poorest of these merchant vessels one would think they could afford to carry sufficient trained armed personnel to repel these pirate attacks.
In particular, the land of guns, the USA, should have the wherewithal and know how to to protect its own merchant men and women.
Mickey

M.O.T. on April 13, 2009 at 9:29 am

Can Michelle “For the first time in My Life I am Proud to Be an American” Obama, be proud of being an American without attributing it to her husband? This captain who sacrificed himself for the crew and the awesome NAVY SEALS showed what Americans are made of. The world saw again how to deal with “pirates”, err…TERRORISTS. Debbie, you called it and the I expect Vanity to call them terrorists now. They now have called on going after more American flagged ships. Liberals are worried about an escalation. Typical liberal pablum response to crime “give them whatever they want” rather than fighting to keep what is yours and keeping your honor.

californiascreaming on April 13, 2009 at 9:36 am

India has the right idea:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1119/p99s01-duts.html

guitarguy on April 13, 2009 at 10:07 am

Back when George Bush was President, whenever our military won a battle against Arab terrorists (That’s what these Somali Pirates are.) the bad-guys would say: “Now you’ve made us REALLY mad!”
In response, the LIB media would chime in with: “Yah! Now we’ve made them REALLY mad at us. Thanks President Bush! You’re always warring with Muslims and taking political credit for victories. Now we know why Muslims hate us. It’s all your fault. And by the way, don’t look now but we’re LOSING the war.”
In case you hadn’t noticed, the Somali terrorists are telling us: “Now we’re REALLY mad!” Yet, we haven’t seen the above mentioned theses offered in response to this recent hostage rescue. Apparently, when the LIB media has “their guy” in the White House, none of these complaints are valid anymore.

There is NO Santa Claus on April 13, 2009 at 10:16 am

Being a pirate in the 21st century is in fact pretty darn good indication of being a Muslim.
In their own words — see the article and excerpt below
http://www.reuters.com/article/wtMostRead/idUSTRE53B1NX20090412
“If you bother us again, we will order someone in Mogadishu to meet you,” a gang member added before the line went dead.
Often, though, the pirates are friendly and helpful, though they detest use of the p-word. “We never kill people. We are MUSLIMS. We are marines, coastguards — not pirates,” one said.
Hostages say the pirates are normally as friendly as they can be under the circumstances. While they threaten to shoot or beat them if they do not cooperate, they also roast goat for their captives and pass phones around for calls home.”
The clearly see themselves as good Muslims, which means yes, they threaten people with guns and beat infidels who do not cooperate.
How many Jews, Christians, Hindus, or other believers or non-believers become pirates in the 21st century?
A person who is a pirate is 99.99999999% likely to also be Muslim.

JSobieski on April 13, 2009 at 10:40 am

Mickey @ MOT
[In particular, the land of guns, the USA, should have the wherewithal and know how to to protect its own merchant men and women.]
Shipping companies mandate unarmed crews to reduce insurance costs. Hopefully these policies will change in the near future.
We need a repeat of the Barbary Pirate wars. The mother ships should be sunk, and on-shore support networks should be neutralized.
BZ to the Seals!

timjansing on April 13, 2009 at 10:42 am

Debbie,
If President Bush had made the order, do you think there would have been a call by Congress to try him for war crimes? If, should President Obama be tried for war crimes? Also, do you believe that shooting teenagers in the head is more humane than waterboarding?
Just wondering.
Cj

cj on April 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm

DS: It’s not a distinction without difference. The motivating factors are entirely different an conflating one with the other only shows ignorance while interfering with a serious solution to the problem. I will spell out real simple for y’all:
The pirates. Want. Money. That’s it. They will attack whoever has the money. That includes Western targets, but also targets from Arab and Muslim nations (the biggest grab they’ve had so far was a Saudi tanker).
Terrorists, like those who attacked the US on 9/11 and continue to target US soldiers and civilians in Iraw and Afghanistan, are driven by ideological motives. They want a Western withdrawal from what they consider to be Muslim territory.
That difference in motivating factors and tactics means that the what works as a solution for one is not necessarily a good solution for the other (notably pirates will likely be more susceptible to cost/benefit calculations as well as the general establishment of rule of law while while terrorists won’t be).
There are some common solutions, to wit clamping down on the illegal arms trade, but the overall tactics aren’t going to be the same. To try one last time for simplicity… if you treat a flu patient like someone who has food poisoning you’re not going to be giving the most effective treatment, even if the symptoms look similar.
Actually, I agree with Tim Jansing. We’re going to need an anti-piracy campaign with a strong land based component. Unfortunately that means the army’s going to have to be ready for another round of my being spread thin even as a draw down happens in Iraq.

FeynmanFanGirl on April 13, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Can you imagine what the media would be saying if GWB had sent the U.S. Navy after some poor helpless foreign citizens who were just out to provide for their families in the only way left to them, thanks to U.S. imperialism. Like the poor prisoners in gitmo, these “pirates” are not enemy combatants, they are common criminals and deserved to be tried in the courts of the U.S., not executed by the commander in chief of the U.S. Military. Where is the outrage???

Doc on April 14, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Hi.
I think it time we teach muslims a lesson.
We must stand up to them and crush them.
Islam is very dangres faith need to be
crush like a bug.We must stop bring
muslims to usa and uk.Let them live
in there owne country.Countrys like
pakistan and somila and iran.Must
be nuk and send them to hell.

tom hate islam on April 17, 2009 at 9:26 am

Hi.
I think it time we teach muslims a lesson.
We must stand up to them and crush them.
Islam is very dangres faith need to be
crush like a bug.We must stop bring
muslims to usa and uk.Let them live
in there owne country.Countrys like
pakistan and somila and iran.Must
be nuk and send them to hell.

tom hate islam on April 17, 2009 at 9:28 am

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