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2009-04-12 07:25:08 PM  
Good job boys!!!!
 
2009-04-12 07:25:24 PM  
IsThisOneTaken: OK, legitimate question...

The AP news story states that snipers shot the three pirates. The news had previously claimed that snipers couldn't get clear shots because they were inside an enclosed lifeboat.

So, which is it?


News now says that snipers waited to take the shots until all 3 remaining pirates had head/shoulders visible outside the boat. The order probably was given a while ago and they were just waiting for the shot. You don't get a second chance at that.

Kudos to Obama for having the balls, and the faith in the SEALs, to give the order.
 
2009-04-12 07:26:02 PM  
jerusalem: AmazingRuss: ThatDarkFellow: So...Somali kids...Still interested in growing up to be pirates?

Given that their other options are "Starving Person", "Victim", and "Militia Man", "Pirate" probably still has a fair amount of allure.

Exactly.

The only way you're going to end piracy in this area is to alliviate poverty and give these people some other options. (While totally awesome) I don't think this rescue operation is going to make much of a difference and bombing ports or other military-based operations are equally useless in the face of such grinding poverty.


Yes, I remember people like you giving the same advice in New York. Nothing to be done about crime until we solve poverty. New York would be as dead as Detroit if people had listened.

Since poverty has existed in Somalia as long as humanity has existed, your solution is very realistic. What you have to do is make piracy less attractive than the other options. The way you do that is (i) convoy (ii) don't pay ransoms (iii) kill any pirates you catch. Then fishing, goatherding and even good old fashioned civil war start to look more attractive.
 
2009-04-12 07:27:06 PM  
AppleDane: Before you get to caught up in a "go USA!" masturbathon, let me just point out that we, the Danes, have been kicking ass and taking names since 2008 in those waters.


You guys are just chronically late for armed struggles, aren't you?

/patriotism
//a game for the whole global family
///picture is hot like Danish girls


Aww look at that cute little thing!!! Honey can we take it home?
 
2009-04-12 07:27:41 PM  
Christian Bale: Well, there we go. Obama fails his first test, like we knew he would. So much for hope and change, now America looks weak in front of the whole world.



Oh wait, you mean it all worked out? Never mind. The President has nothing to do with this successful mission.


ain't that a blip?
 
2009-04-12 07:27:45 PM  
You're just supposed to say "Way to go Navy..."

Then make a short quip about the asshat Dane poster, and move on.

Pirate posts, keep 'em short.

like "Pirates...Rest In Pieces"
 
2009-04-12 07:27:49 PM  
Smeggy Smurf: Why yes it is. Still doesn't change the fact that the teleprompter is a candyass that took forever to make a decision that any man with an ounce of manhood more balls than brainscould have made in under 10 seconds.

Giving the situation a chance to stabilize isn't THAT bad of an idea. Bear in mind that the first priority is the safety of the captain. Give the guys a chance to realize that they are outgunned and hopeless, and give the frak up. Didn't play out that way, but storming in guns a-blazin is a good way to get a brother killed. I'm still flummoxed at how well this worked. Obama, the Navy, and a handfull of snipers rolled a handfull of crits for this to play out this well.
 
2009-04-12 07:27:52 PM  
Good work. Now it's time to mine the harbor of the city from which these particular pirates emanated: Eyl, I believe. Ports harboring Somali pirates should receive the same treatment in the future on a tit for tat basis, i.e., if a pirate attack is determined to have originated from a particular port, that port should be forcibly closed. Make the punishment fit the crime and Somali piracy will evaporate. Perhaps the African Union could receive large scale funding to dismember and administer the failed state of Somalia.
 
2009-04-12 07:28:19 PM  
Smeggy Smurf: Erik_Emune: Smeggy Smurf: It took Obamessiah long enough to quit being such a candy ass. This shiat should have been done inside of 24 hours not days.

That armchair comfortable, general?

Why yes it is. Still doesn't change the fact that the teleprompter is a candyass that took forever to make a decision that any man with an ounce of manhood could have made in under 10 seconds.


I feel the same way when I think about Dubya's response to Katrina. But you don't care about that because it involved mostly black people. fark YOU
 
2009-04-12 07:29:05 PM  
Feed the troll if you must, but please stop quoting it.
kthxbye
 
2009-04-12 07:30:14 PM  
Smeggy Smurf: Erik_Emune: Smeggy Smurf: It took Obamessiah long enough to quit being such a candy ass. This shiat should have been done inside of 24 hours not days.

That armchair comfortable, general?

Why yes it is. Still doesn't change the fact that the teleprompter is a candyass that took forever to make a decision that any man with an ounce of manhood could have made in under 10 seconds.


He attempted diplomacy - then authorized use of force.

It takes absolutely no brains to shoot first and ask questions later. We get that. We also voted against continuing to pursue this policy. November, 2008. Elections have consequences.
 
2009-04-12 07:30:25 PM  
Smeggy Smurf: Erik_Emune: Smeggy Smurf: It took Obamessiah long enough to quit being such a candy ass. This shiat should have been done inside of 24 hours not days.

That armchair comfortable, general?

Why yes it is. Still doesn't change the fact that the teleprompter is a candyass that took forever to make a decision that any man with an ounce of manhood could have made in under 10 seconds.


You're a pussy. People who make decisions in the real world are the real "men".

And not only are you a pussy, you're an illiterate, ill-informed moron... because the DoD confirms that Obama signed off on both their requests to use force several days ago.
 
2009-04-12 07:32:11 PM  
CthulhuCalling: boybunny:

But Americans are all pussies that have inferiority complexes, so call themselves brave as they hide behind the largest stockpile of ranged weapons in history. No need to understand human behavior if you can claim that are tough as nails while siting on a warm padded seat. Oh, and before talking about seals... no one outside America believes the Seals are tough. OK, my mentally deficient brother does, but he believes that Ninjas can fly just like in the American movies as well.


You were doing so well before, but now you're just trying too hard.


Don't Americans get taught how to debate? Why is it the same four or five direct or backhanded insults? Well I suppose that that they do train all independent thought out of you at a young age.
 
2009-04-12 07:32:13 PM  
The best part of Bunnyboy ran down his mother's leg at conception.
 
2009-04-12 07:32:28 PM  
gunsculptor:
Or you could pull your head out of obama and realize the only credit he deserves is the credit that would go to any president, or dummy stuffed into a chair in the oval office. basically the military leaders say, we think this scenario is best, then the president says, if you say so, you know best. big deal


I thought the same thing after 9/11 when Bush's approval rating was ridiculously high. Doing what anyone with half a brain in that situation would do doesn't deserve high praise. But of course saying that would have meant I hated America :-/

/Is of the same opinion on Obama
//Still glad to see it was handled better than the "no negotiating" policies of GWB that resulted in dead hostages
///Barack'd the vote
 
2009-04-12 07:32:59 PM  
boybunny: Don't Americans get taught how to debate? Why is it the same four or five direct or backhanded insults? Well I suppose that that they do train all independent thought out of you at a young age.

Your momma.
 
2009-04-12 07:35:16 PM  
Fano: boybunny: CthulhuCalling:You are verbose, but goddamned stupid as a troll. No more responses to your crazy talk.

And you are monosyllabic and unoriginal in your insults. Do all the long words I use tire your brain?
 
2009-04-12 07:36:39 PM  
Mentat: I wonder how it went down?

"It's, like, one of them drug dealer boats," Vic says, looking through his magic sight. "Five guys on it. Headed our way."
He fires another round. "Correction. Four guys on it."
Boom. "Correction. They're not headed our way anymore."
Boom. A fireball erupts from the ocean two hundred feet away. "Correction. No boat."


Awesome!!!
 
2009-04-12 07:37:01 PM  
harryjr: Smeggy Smurf: Erik_Emune: Smeggy Smurf: It took Obamessiah long enough to quit being such a candy ass. This shiat should have been done inside of 24 hours not days.

That armchair comfortable, general?

Why yes it is. Still doesn't change the fact that the teleprompter is a candyass that took forever to make a decision that any man with an ounce of manhood could have made in under 10 seconds.

I feel the same way when I think about Dubya's response to Katrina. But you don't care about that because it involved mostly black people. fark YOU


Who said anything about race other than you? Sounds like you have a bit of a skin color inferiority complex. That kind of bullshiat bigotry, not racism but bigotry, is going to get a lot of people killed. You keep perpetuating racial issues when there aren't any and you'll be part of the problem that causes race riots. You don't want race riots nowadays. Or do you?
 
2009-04-12 07:37:42 PM  
Antonio_Talibanderas: He attempted diplomacy - then authorized use of force. . . . We also voted against continuing to pursue this policy. November, 2008. Elections have consequences.

I don't agree that we voted to change our national stance regarding pirates.

In my opinion, this situation had a much better ending than I expected.

It is worth repeating the only legitimate observation: Good Job!!
 
2009-04-12 07:38:03 PM  
I just thank God that this poor, and probably traumatized, surviving pirate does not have to worry about being sent to Guantanamo.


Though he might be wishing for it once they hand him over to the Somalis.
 
2009-04-12 07:38:49 PM  
flypusher713: boybunny:

And how well does that work in USA? If someone wants to rob a convenience store, the belief that the convenience store attendant may have a gun behind the counter does not seem to deter them at all... they just change their attack plan and secure the counter at speed before doing anything else. They get a free gun out of it for their troubles.

People who rob convenience stores aren't exactly the sharpest knives in the drawer. You give them far too much credit. The only planning most of those idjits do: is enter store, point gun, take cash. Their criminal careers don't tend to last very long.

/out of troll treats


And do you believe that the pirates that have the brains are the ones that storm the ships? Hell no. They are safe on land. You just have no ability to conceive that you look like a fool. You do not help your case with the cowardly and retarded use of "Troll". I can say that I have a love hate relation with mentally deficient people like yourself. I do not claim to be a genius, but you guys really do make me feel like the most intelligent person in the world... even though your pathetic grasping at reason does annoy me a lot.
 
2009-04-12 07:39:03 PM  
Obama is now going to bail out the Somali pirates!!!
 
2009-04-12 07:39:33 PM  
Folks, it is human nature to agree to disagree. Please debate the issues and curtail the personal/national attacks.
 
2009-04-12 07:40:41 PM  
fireclown: boybunny: Don't Americans get taught how to debate? Why is it the same four or five direct or backhanded insults? Well I suppose that that they do train all independent thought out of you at a young age.

Your momma.


That's the best response I have read all day. Thank you.
 
2009-04-12 07:41:41 PM  
Oh snap. Mod has spoken.

/Gets the hell off his/her lawn.
 
2009-04-12 07:43:37 PM  
boybunny: flypusher713: boybunny:


And do you believe that the pirates that have the brains are the ones that storm the ships? Hell no. They are safe on land.


If they stay on land, they aren't pirates.
 
2009-04-12 07:43:41 PM  
harryjr: Now being reported, Obama gave the order to execute a rescue operations and the use of force on Friday and repeated it on Saturday. Booya

Everyone knows that Kenyans hate Somalis.

Now, if the pirates had been Kenyan, that would have posed a true test of allegiance for Barrack.
 
2009-04-12 07:43:49 PM  
arkansas: Steigen: arkansas: ....kudos to the President....

You can't be farking serious.

The captain jumped to swim to freedom...twice...floating on his giant brass balls.
The SEAL's pounced on the opportunity...doing what they do best.

What in holy hell does the President have to do with it exactly?

The President say either "yes you can shoot if you have the opportunity" or "don't shoot at them". What do you not understand about that?

I am keeping a list of things Obama does that I like, and those I don't like. There are about 30 on the dislike, and about 8 on the like. I like the decision here.

I personally thought we would talk and talk and talk. So credit where credit is due.



I have to second that emotion. What's unfortunate though is that there even WAS a decision to be made. It ought to be standard policy to those whom would fark with the United States that they take their lives in their hands when they do so. I'm not advocating a no talk policy....but the talk ought to be "turn over our citizens or else" and nothing else.

I didn't vote for Obama and I too don't much care for what he's doing to our economy right now (that will dog us for decades) but in this I can only say "well done". It's good for the country's best interests that he authorized this action and that it turned out well. It wouldn't do for him to be viewed as a mewling, weak-kneed, waffling hand-wringer like so many of his supporters are. These kinds of situations need to be dealt with sternly and with no flexibility.

Now, if he can bring in Osama...well, I might vote for the man next time around.

Now, if only those sailors would be allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights...
 
2009-04-12 07:44:50 PM  
Pilot Kosmosa: I didn't know the American Navy used trained seals to fight. That's pretty cool I guess. Makes sense too since all but one of your soldiers, my brother, are complete farktard pussies who cry when their CO tells them they can't IM their girlfriend on Yahoo because they have a mission to do.

Come on, really? Your "Marines are an embarassment in Iraq and So Cal, Go Army!" was stupid enough in yesterday's thread.
 
2009-04-12 07:45:24 PM  
This is one of the reasons I dig Obama.

He prefers the "You fark with us for no reason, We rationally farking kill you" philosophy over "We fark with you for no reason, You slowly kill us with IED's and Suicide bombs" doctrine.

Call me crazy.
 
2009-04-12 07:45:27 PM  
Locoz: Those aren't pirates... THIS is a pirate! Yellowbeard!

Was that walk, walk, stagger, crawl or walk stagger crawl, crawl?

i63.photobucket.com
 
2009-04-12 07:45:56 PM  
For those who missed it on CNN and might still be wondering how three SEAL snipers got off three perfect head shots on pitching seas: The CNN talking head (former military genius?) implied the U.S. had used a secret stabilizing mechanism on the rifles. It makes sense -- even cheap cameras have a modest form of such a mechanism.

As for the captain's life being in immediate danger, I doubt it. With one of their own aboard the Bainbridge, I doubt the pirates would have been preparing to kill the only person who stood between them and death.

But hey, it works for me. Three shots, all to the foreheads. God bless technology.
 
2009-04-12 07:47:06 PM  
Could next "3 am" call be taken live and not retrieved from voicemail 3 days later? Present. Nice dead islimic terrorists! Be sure not to offend the sensibilities of the remaining warrior.
 
2009-04-12 07:47:51 PM  
JOEKC: I doubt the pirates would have been preparing to kill the only person who stood between them and death.

When people are desperate (and not very bright to begin with) they'll often do things that don't make much sense.
 
2009-04-12 07:49:50 PM  
Yeah, I checked the Freeper threads and, sure enough, it went from, "OMG HE'S NOT DOING ANYTHING!" to, "OMG HE HAD TO GIVE THE GO AHEAD TWICE! SPIN SPIN SPIN!!"

I think he's done an ok job with this threat.

Of course, I didn't anticipate it coming from Somalia. Maybe Iran or N Korea.
 
2009-04-12 07:49:57 PM  
winterwhile: Chairman Obama is displaying all the effectiveness of Jimmy Carter during the Tehran embassy crisis

this is not going to be a good ending that the world will respect



Pasted from earlier thread for LOLing pleasure.
 
2009-04-12 07:51:48 PM  
boybunny: And the funny thing is, that Americans are too stupid to generally to understand what this means.

Americans really do not have the ability to work through the logical steps.

This just means that American hostages are now worthless. If Pirates know that death is the result of taking an American hostage, and now possibly English hostages (considering where USA goes, so goes England) then it is actually safer to kill the American because the hostage is just going to slow you down.

But why listen to sense... please continue your American chest beating session.


Now I see your point here. Let's all just keep paying them rediculous ransoms encouraging the hijacking.

You go and ahead and do that. We do things a little differently.
 
2009-04-12 07:52:54 PM  
nostudme: Could next "3 am" call be taken live and not retrieved from voicemail 3 days later? Present. Nice dead islimic terrorists! Be sure not to offend the sensibilities of the remaining warrior.

0/10 Your sauce. It's weak.
 
2009-04-12 07:52:58 PM  
Smeggy Smurf: Erik_Emune: Smeggy Smurf: It took Obamessiah long enough to quit being such a candy ass. This shiat should have been done inside of 24 hours not days.

That armchair comfortable, general?

Why yes it is. Still doesn't change the fact that the teleprompter is a candyass that took forever to make a decision that any man with an ounce of manhood could have made in under 10 seconds.


Uh, the Navy said they asked for the go-ahead on Friday (the earliest opportunity to do anything; before that there was no Navy ship anywhere near) and he said, "Do it." Then the situation changed a little, so they asked again on Saturday, and he said, "Do it." And then they did it. I don't see the shilly shallying here. I guess the Navy is just stuffed full of Obamatard liars covering up for his candy ass.
 
2009-04-12 07:53:05 PM  
CthulhuCalling: boybunny:

All I can say is that the Iraqi freedom fighters and the Afghan freedom fighters are better people than I am... if Americans ever invaded my home, I would not be so kind.

So with possibly a tiny piece of understanding, why should ANYONE care a flying fark about an Americans family?


Anyone have that Internet Tough Guy pic?


img.photobucket.com
 
2009-04-12 07:53:38 PM  
boybunny: CarkinNormal: boybunny: CthulhuCalling: boybunny:

Good luck with your belief that the pirates will not take American ships. Even if they are terrified with American guns and bombs, they can not easily tell which ship is American while on the water. American ships will be taken. And American crews will just be killed. Well it is Darwinism in action, so it can't be all bad.

This is one instance where I can forgive our military's short sightedness. Imagine being a member of Captain Phillip's family and having this told to you: "Hey there, we didn't rescue your father/husband/son after he seflessly sacrificed himself for the rest of his crew because in the long term, we believe it would hurt our diplomatic standing with Somali fisherman. He is probably rotting in some rusty cage somewhere, starving to death and shiatting his pants with dysentery. Have a nice day!"

The Navy will deal with these people on a case by case basis. They have proved themselves totally capable of this thus far.

They did fail. They failed to understand that there were other options.


Sure, there were plenty of other options. We could have offered them a lifetime supply of free Cheese Wiz for the Captain, but we didn't go that route. The Navy decided to kill them all, and it worked out of us. Captain Phillips is going home, and the Somalis are currently being digested in the guts of sea creatures. Huzzah!

The Navy commanders went with the option they deemed best. They didn't let their minds get lost in a whirlwind of unapt consequences of every move they make, they simply got the job done. That is why they are Navy Commanders, and you are a philosophy major.
 
2009-04-12 07:53:45 PM  
Relatively Obscure: winterwhile: Chairman Obama is displaying all the effectiveness of Jimmy Carter during the Tehran embassy crisis

this is not going to be a good ending that the world will respect


Pasted from earlier thread for LOLing pleasure.


Reminds me a post from Feb or sometime where someone was saying that as soon as the March Numbers came out for unemployment, that we were totally and completely screwed as far as the DOW. Then those number came out and the DOW went up hehe.
 
2009-04-12 07:53:56 PM  
nostudme: Could next "3 am" call be taken live and not retrieved from voicemail 3 days later? Present. Nice dead islimic terrorists! Be sure not to offend the sensibilities of the remaining warrior.

Can we please nip this falsehood in the bud? DoD asked Obama for permission to engage on THURSDAY. He granted it. They asked again on Friday and he granted it again. They were just waiting for the opportunity to take the shot.
 
2009-04-12 07:54:27 PM  


Obama is going to do whatever smarmy classless thing he will do. He is not relevant in this at all imho. I just thank God for this amazing Easter miracle. May he continue to bless Captain Phillips and his family.

In these times it is really easy to get down in the dumps over everything that has happened to us as a nation. To feel God's hand in this situation is a both a great joy and quite humbling at the same time.



I love you Free Republic.
 
2009-04-12 07:55:02 PM  
JOEKC: For those who missed it on CNN and might still be wondering how three SEAL snipers got off three perfect head shots on pitching seas: The CNN talking head (former military genius?) implied the U.S. had used a secret stabilizing mechanism on the rifles. It makes sense -- even cheap cameras have a modest form of such a mechanism.

As for the captain's life being in immediate danger, I doubt it. With one of their own aboard the Bainbridge, I doubt the pirates would have been preparing to kill the only person who stood between them and death.

But hey, it works for me. Three shots, all to the foreheads. God bless technology.


There are pool tables on cruise ships that stay level. Maybe the same idea.
 
2009-04-12 07:55:08 PM  
Ender's: Yeah, I checked the Freeper threads and, sure enough, it went from, "OMG HE'S NOT DOING ANYTHING!" to, "OMG HE HAD TO GIVE THE GO AHEAD TWICE! SPIN SPIN SPIN!!"

I think he's done an ok job with this threat.

Of course, I didn't anticipate it coming from Somalia. Maybe Iran or N Korea.


Neither did O. He wants to fix the economy and work on health care and he gets distracted by this stuff. So far he's handled it better than Clinton did when he was in the same position.
 
2009-04-12 07:56:52 PM  
fireclown: RichieLaw: Just remember though, when it comes down to fight or flight, you know what American's will do. And that makes me imminently happy.


Withdraw after a bad day and eight dead?


Nice graphic. Do you know how many hundreds of Somali's died in that firefight? For 8 Americans. What was the US to do, destroy a whole city?
 
2009-04-12 07:56:57 PM  
what_now: Obama is going to do whatever smarmy classless thing he will do. He is not relevant in this at all imho. I just thank God for this amazing Easter miracle. May he continue to bless Captain Phillips and his family.

In these times it is really easy to get down in the dumps over everything that has happened to us as a nation. To feel God's hand in this situation is a both a great joy and quite humbling at the same time.


I love you Free Republic.


I almost copy pasta'd this one, too. It's a MIRACLE!!!
 
2009-04-12 07:57:55 PM  
Antonio_Talibanderas: what_now: Obama is going to do whatever smarmy classless thing he will do. He is not relevant in this at all imho. I just thank God for this amazing Easter miracle. May he continue to bless Captain Phillips and his family.

In these times it is really easy to get down in the dumps over everything that has happened to us as a nation. To feel God's hand in this situation is a both a great joy and quite humbling at the same time.


I love you Free Republic.

I almost copy pasta'd this one, too. It's a MIRACLE!!!


.. and rather humbling.
 
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