The Top. And Well Over It.

Frankly, I admitted that I was wrong about Barack Obama. He actually did authorize US special forces to go in and rescue Richard Phillips , despite my personal doubts that he would do so. But I read this and realize it was always all about Obama, never about Phillips.

The Defense Department twice asked Obama for permission to use military force to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips from a lifeboat off the Somali coast. Obama first gave permission around 8 p.m. Friday, and upgraded it at 9:20 a.m. Saturday……

White House officials on Sunday said Obama received regular updates by phone and in person at the White House – including 11 memos – and during his daily intelligence briefings with senior officials. (Emphasis added)

And then this killer close:

To that end, White House officials said the Justice Department is looking at evidence and considering whether to file criminal charges against a Somali pirate captured during the standoff. (Emphasis added)

Wow. He got 11 memos. Wow. He approved twice. Wow. His Justice Department is “considering” whether to charge a pirate caught in the freaking act.

I was quite willing to give Obama proper respect for actually ordering the troops in on this. I am a lot less willing to cut him some slack on a blatant spin-fest to make himself look mighty. (And, quite frankly, that last line from the story is sickening. Consider what, exactly?)

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2 Responses to The Top. And Well Over It.

  1. Mike Roark says:

    Some discussion over at Gina Cobb that wonders if BO really did anything that wasn’t already authorized.

    http://ginacobb.typepad.com/gina_cobb/2009/04/us-navy-obama-made-no-key-decision.html

  2. Pudentilla says:

    “Officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations said the second order was to encompass more military personnel and equipment that arrived in the Indian Ocean to engage the pirates.”AP.

    Different forces require different approvals for operations. Such are the tedious requirements of democracy. Perhaps easier to start wars on the king’s nod. Perhaps harder to end wars so begun.

    As for DOJ considering indictment, that’s how it’s done in a free republic. Those who like tyrants ordering actions on a whim may recall the Bush administration with a certain nostalgia.

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