U.S. commandos free two hostages in daring Somalia raid

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kenradke11 wrote:

Well it is about time somebody goes after those stupid pirates. They are a menace to society and finally they are being fought back. Get every damn one of them and put them in the can where they belong and throw away the damn keys!

Jan 25, 2012 6:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
joseimora wrote:

Why does this need to be military action? Do we depend on the government for everything, or have we become brainwashed into thinking that that is the only solution to any problem? Why not allow honest citizens the right to keep and bear arms? What is wrong with an oil tanker being escorted by a private armed marine escort? The real problem is all of the nanny-state laws even in open in international waters at the global level. Why should pirates be the only ones armed? They are the ones who prey upon innocent civilians.

When guns are outlawed, only outlaws have guns.”

Jan 25, 2012 6:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
robert222 wrote:

Thank you once again U.S. President Barack Obama!!!!

Jan 25, 2012 6:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
ConchKey wrote:

We have an honest president ‘who walks his talk’, loves his family and works for the good of the American people.

Jan 25, 2012 8:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
10acimport wrote:

GEEZ, an election year rescue moments before a State of the Union speech.
NO NO say it is not staged.Sorry. it is.

Jan 25, 2012 8:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
Forsythkid wrote:

A good start! Let’s keep this kind of thing going.

Jan 25, 2012 8:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
lantanalenox wrote:

Anybody catch Republicans engaging in any heroics last night? All I saw them do was posture while the president again stole the stage away from their greedy, grubby Mitt(s).

Jan 25, 2012 8:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
GoToAftrbrnrs wrote:

First, a big “way to go” for the Seals!!! Second, what are those people doing there in the first place? I’m soooo tired of people having to be rescued for being in places they shouldn’t be in the first place…No, God or your organizational affiliation won’t help you when you’re dealing with these non-humans. I know there are people suffering over there, but let’s stop wasting OUR innocent lives to save theirs. Third, we should really just grow mushrooms in that whole region…You know, the 20 Megaton kind.

Jan 25, 2012 9:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
ib52 wrote:

@ib42: Repugs? Nice. You must be one of those tolerant Democrats we hear so much about. GO back to your occupy tent.

Jan 25, 2012 9:25am EST  --  Report as abuse

GoToAftrbrnrs writes: First, a big “way to go” for the Seals!!! Second, what are those people doing there in the first place? I’m soooo tired of people having to be rescued for being in places they shouldn’t be in the first place…

Please reread the article. They were not there taking a hike for fun. They were there on a mine mission to HELP people. You sound very redneck, probably riding on the laurels of God when, in fact, you have no idea about being Godly. This was a heroic act on the part of the US and President Obama…God bless America and our troops…the best, most dedicated and professional in the world!

Jan 25, 2012 10:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
911014ever wrote:

SEAL Team Six parachuted into Somalia under cover of darkness Wednesday and rescued an American woman and a Danish man from an outdoor camp where they were being held by Somali pirates, the official said.”yahoo”.

Jan 25, 2012 10:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

I don’t know why EVERYTHING, must become a Partisan issue. It doesn’t make any sense.

Again, the US Military, specifically Seal Team Six, has demonstrated their unequaled skills and their awesome bravery. It matters little, who ordered the strike, it matters only that it was successful. It is extremely important in today’s world, that criminals and terrorists know that THEY ARE NOT SAFE, ANYWHERE!

Jan 25, 2012 10:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Another strategic success from the Obama Administration. I’ll be voting for Obama again.

Jan 25, 2012 11:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
JulsMan wrote:

@joseimora and all you other Obama haters. Would it KILL you to just say well done for once??? It might be liberating. You don’t have to vote for him … just give credit where credit is due. Are you man enough to at least do that??

Jan 25, 2012 12:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

JulsMan, it’s of no use. Their hearts are cluttered with bitternesss and resentment, their minds clouded with fallacy and pre-judgment. But your plea is noble.

Jan 25, 2012 1:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:

Don’t thank obama, Thank the Brave Soilders that face down these threats

Jan 25, 2012 1:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bigkev wrote:

Put all the Pirates at Gitmo with the other Terrorists.

Jan 25, 2012 2:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Troisquatre wrote:

Thanks to the Navy Seals, they are our Super Heroes. I feel they are being used in the most efficient and smart way of doing things. Bravo Seals, God Bless you and keep you safe.

Jan 25, 2012 2:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AmericanLady wrote:

I am thanking the NSWDG for its marvelous work freeing the hostages and President Obama for sending them in. My prayers and best wishes go out to Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted as they return to their families. Such wonderful news today.

Jan 25, 2012 2:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
aninonymous wrote:

Congratulations to the Navy Seals.
Congratulations to the two freed hostages.
But, was it necessary to kill the Somali men?
Is there no other option but to create more enemies, ie, their sons, their families and friends.
Can we think of other ways to combat violence than just more violence so that the cycle never ends?
Desperate people do desperate acts.
Can President Obama reach out to the Somali people in some way?

Jan 25, 2012 3:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fatfenders wrote:

Get past your emotional response folks… There is no reason for this raid to have ever happened. As a veteran and a conservative I am once again very impressed with the dedication and bravery of these guys. But how much did this raid cost? Why these two? How and when do ‘we’ decide to do it again? Where does it end? As an example,with all the hungry children right here in our backyard, why do folks need to go half way around the world to a very dangerous place to offer their service?

Jan 25, 2012 3:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Evo1 wrote:

Make up your mind…were they SEALs or special forces? They’re not the same thing. Special forces is not a generic term that applies to all elite military units; it is a specific force within the US Army, better known as the Green Berets.

Jan 25, 2012 3:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
breezinthru wrote:

I’m glad the rescue went well, but Ms. Buchanan exemplifies a recurrent a problem. She really had no business in Somalia.

She is a graduate of Valley Forge Christian College with a major in early childhood education. Somalia is a dangerous, impoverished, failed state populated by Sunni Muslims, most of whom hate Americans.

In Somalia, kidnapping is not against the law because there is no functioning legal system. Did she really think she would be safe because she is a nice young woman and her intentions are pure? Could she be so naive?

Her kidnapping was as preventable as it was regrettable.

Jan 25, 2012 3:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Evo1 wrote:

@ConchKey: Honest? Hardly. This is the same president who told us he was against the indefinite detainment of Americans authorized in the recent NDAA, and said he would veto it. Instead he signs it, albeit with a dishonest signing statement claiming he’d never use it, and we then find out that he was the one who threatened Congress that he would hold up the bill if they didn’t include those provisions. So he just put the US on an equal human rights footing with North Korea and the Soviet Union, and he lied about it. That’s about as far from honest, or interested in the welfare of the American People as you can get.

Jan 25, 2012 3:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Kudos to the Team. Nice work. Really nice work.

Jan 25, 2012 3:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
LonesomeCloud wrote:

Why does this need to be a military action?. Maybe they have stealth choppers?

Jan 25, 2012 3:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
quatra wrote:

Come on. Many other nationalities have done that. Now it’s US troops it’s “swoop on” and “daring raids”. And only 2 people. Remember when US troops were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. No “swooping” or “daring” there, though. At least not on part of US troops.
The thing is to capture the kidnappers and bring them to justice.

Jan 25, 2012 3:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DILLIGAF2 wrote:

Since special forces was written in Lower Case it refered to Special Operational Warriors in general and not the US Special Forces, better known as the Green Beret. It also states that the unit was made up of SEALs from SEAL Team 6, and Warriors from other Special Operation Units, so a general special forces title works best.

I also have to agree with the person about being somewhere you shouldn’t be. These places are hostile to outsiders, they love to kidnap and ransom outsiders, and do not mind killing them. I understand wanting to help the ones that need it, and there are many in need, but is it worth risking the lives of so many to go somewhere like this, not just yours, but the lives of the entire team that had to come save you. Volunteer at home, there are many here that need help, and for the most part you are not risking your life to do so.

Thank you to the brave men and women in uniform that risk so much for our safety. You are truly hero’s and derserve all the praise you get.

Jan 25, 2012 3:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mike_6023 wrote:

I for one am glad he waited for an election year. I wonder what else will get done this year.

Jan 25, 2012 3:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sensi wrote:

“heroism”, “awesome bravery”, etc. I don’t want to minimize the risks but the kidnappers were most probably fishermen or alike, circumstantial skinny brigands looking for easy -or any- money: hardly a significant threat to any special force or professional soldier. I rather doubt killing everyone of them was that necessary, the kidnappers may have not even fired, rescuers most probably again didn’t took a chance seeing a few weaponry. All-in-one rather bloody yet efficient.

Jan 25, 2012 3:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
canary wrote:

aninonymous:Your questions about killing Somali men (kidnappers) and reaching out to Somali prople deserves an answer. To both questions the answer is: Are you serious or being facetious? If serious, you need help.

Jan 25, 2012 3:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
911014ever wrote:

as Commander and Chief, thanks do go to the President. Then to the others who did the foot work. Job well done, men!

Jan 25, 2012 4:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JoeBarton wrote:

Obama is boss.

Jan 25, 2012 4:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Felder2 wrote:

Why does this need to be a military action? Are you kidding me? Why did out forefathers form a nation? Read the Constitution…

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENCE, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Without a government there is no difference between us and Somalia.

Jan 25, 2012 4:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Ok to the posters who are deriding the couple for going there in the first place.
Kudos to the couple for going there to help! If not them, who else would go. There are vultures pecking at babies to see if they are dead.
Kudos to the Team that conducted the rescue!
Kudos to Obama!

Jan 25, 2012 4:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
YoYoFishing wrote:

God bless our President for his strength, his courage, and his heart!

Jan 25, 2012 4:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
KingStop wrote:

Great job, military.

This is how our military should be used. Send in special forces in the middle of the night, dispatch our enemies, and move out. Much more efficient.

thanks for your service and heroism

Jan 25, 2012 4:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tuckbodi wrote:

I’m a republican but I’m really liking how Obama is going after these guys, whether in Somalia, Pakistan with drones or jumping in and killing bin Laden. Seems to be some kahunas there. Plus, I’m not sure I like how Rove/Norquist is pulling strings these days….especially their talk on abolishing the US Postal Service.

Jan 25, 2012 4:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
southsider1 wrote:

Thank you president Obama for having the testicular fortitude to green light such a high risk mission. And an extra thanks goes out to the BRAVE American soldiers who made the mission a success.

Jan 25, 2012 4:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nosmtrthanu wrote:

the forces who went in and freed the hostages didn’t ask who the president was and what his party affiliation was. they just went because “The President of the United States of America” said go.
is it me, or are they the only Americans left who actually “get it”.

Jan 25, 2012 4:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
abbydelabbey wrote:

Thank you, Mr. President for sending in the Navy Seals. Thank you, Navy Seals for your bravery, hard work, and determination and for a job well done! God bless our military.

Jan 25, 2012 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ugaexploder wrote:

Wonder how much money in tax dollars was spent to rescue someone who wasn’t bright enough to stay out of Somalia. Ever seen Black Hawk Down? What a waste of money.

Not blaming the soldiers, they’re just doing their job, and a job well done. Blaming all the entitled Congressman who are so far disconnected from “the people” they might as well just stick their heads each other’s asses…wait, too late for that.

Why can’t we have representatives who have actually faced the problems all American citizens do today? I am not sure a Congressman who pays 15% income tax, and makes over 1/4 mill a year counts as a person who is qualified to represent the people.

All Congressman and women should be making the same salary as your average American, not 10 times the amount. This way if they are doing their job, their salaries will grow with the nation. Not on entitlements.

Jan 25, 2012 4:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
joseimora wrote:

Would it kill you to admit that Ron Paul is the one candidate who receives the most donations by far from all our men and women in uniform?

I am very happy about this rescue and that we have such fine men and women in our Navy Seals and armed forces. I am not so happy that the Navy Seal’s lives were put at risk and trillions of our tax dollars are being taken at gunpoint by your “Messiah” to be in places we have no business being in, or being used as political pawns for what should have been a private security cost and mission.

Ron Paul has “forgotten” more about the US Constitution than Obama, Biden, Gingrich, Romney, Santorum and all the other statist phonies will ever know.

Jan 25, 2012 4:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
vhpeddler wrote:

A lot of people from the top on down did a very good job. All involved are very, very good at what they all do.

Jan 25, 2012 4:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Medentheist wrote:

I would assume that When Bush 43 was Commander in Chief, the quality of the Armed Services, and of its various special forces, including the Navy Seals, was as high as it is now. But Bush said he didn’t care about Bin Laden. And I do not recall any effective rescues of kidnap victims or pirating victims during his Administration. So kudos to the Obama Administration for occasionally using the full strength and weight of our military for good (for a change).

Jan 25, 2012 4:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
brkfastattiff wrote:

Thank you, Mr. President; you deserve four more years. Thank you, Navy Seals for your heroic action. You’re simply the best.

Jan 25, 2012 4:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
burmese_dude wrote:

Other pirates beware: Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Crunch, you’re both next.

Jan 25, 2012 4:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse

I was wondering how long it would take before people started giving Obama credit for this thing. He authorized it. That’s all. Nothing more. He didn’t plan out the mission, he didn’t participate in the mission, he authorized. He gave his permission and signed off on it. Why don’t we give more credit to the ones that planned and carried out the mission instead of using it as a reason to put one person up on a pedestal? The only credit Obama should get is a pat on the back for knowing how to sign his name on a piece of paper.

Jan 25, 2012 4:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dennisreuters wrote:

Joseimora, have you been living under a rock? They are more than welcome to hire private security. And last time I saw on news, guns are on the street everyday.

Jan 25, 2012 4:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Don’t mess with Texas. And by “Texas”, I mean the United States. Of Texas.

Jan 25, 2012 4:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse

We still do some things right. This is an example of that. Of course our taxes pay dearly for it. We should be able to do this a million times over for what we pay. History tells us some of our Navy’s earliest work was against African pirates. America freed the waters two centuries ago, and we are still doing it. Some things never change. I say kill them all. Garbage they are and always heave been. Piracy, kidnapping and slavery have been normal businesses in that part of the world forever. I would like to see more actions like this. Americans have always had balls.

Jan 25, 2012 4:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
friedtongue wrote:

Killing the kidnappers. Anyone with an automatic weapon is dangerous, skinny fisherman, trained soldier etc.. If you wait for them to fire you may well have dead seals. I would think the threshold for deadly force is quite low as it should be. They, the kidnappers, put themselves in harms way by arming themselves and taking innocents hostage. To expect less is naive and unlike TV in the dark and heat of the monemt shooting the gun from the bad guys hand is a fallacy.

Jan 25, 2012 4:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UnPartisan wrote:

Good job Obama. Our President standing up for our citizens is something we should all support no matter what party you are registered.

Jan 25, 2012 4:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dtschuck wrote:

Sad part is, the GOP just keeps hoping and hoping that one of these missions go bad……so they can be all over Obama. Why does the GOP hate America?

Jan 25, 2012 5:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
daple56 wrote:

Obama is the greatest President in at least two decades. He’s tough and smart!

Jan 25, 2012 5:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse

We still do some things very well. Of course, we pay for this: hundreds of billion$ for the best military in the history of mankind. No joke. We have the greatest ever, by magnitudes. It’s proof we can do great things if we make the effort. This was a good thing to do. Our Navy fought some of it’s first battles against African pirates two centuries ago to keep the sea lanes free. This work continues, and we deserve credit for it.

Jan 25, 2012 5:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
oRg9o wrote:

I am a strong conservative but this was not political posturing by Obama. JamVee said it well above.

Criticizing humanitarian aid by private citizens? Come on. Somalia has been in shambles for decades – they’re still people. She didn’t ask to be rescued, or for any government aid…

In the end, this bodes well for all Americans. There is now an established history of Somalis kidnapping Americans… and then getting killed. You don’t see this as good? You don’t think other pirates/terrorists know this? This is a HUGE deterrent.

Jan 25, 2012 5:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RoseH wrote:

Dang, Obama really hates terrorist leaders and pirates with hostages.

Jan 25, 2012 5:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
wlsjoh013 wrote:

I cant believe that so many would go to those lengths for so few. It must be awesome to be American…there is no hope in hell that my country would do that. They’d release a press statement that I had been killed and that would be the end of that.

Jan 25, 2012 5:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
joseimora wrote:

“There is now an established history of Somalis kidnapping Americans… and then getting killed.”

Well, let’s just say there is an established history of many people *getting killed by Americans* because we keep trying to be the world’s policeman and we can’t seem to mind our own d#@m business.

How many friends have we made? For every person we bomb and kill, two of their children grow up to hate US. Yeah, some deterrent that is. No, as a matter of fact, I for one do NOT see that as good. And neither does Ron Paul, the only candidate who does not suffer from “rectal-cranial inversion.”

A conservative is one who be believes in limited government, not someone who tries to micro-manage everyone, much less the entire world.

Jan 25, 2012 5:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dragos111 wrote:

I am usually not a fan of Obama. This move, however, was very Presidential. Nice going.

Jan 25, 2012 5:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

This is about the sixth one of these for Obama in the past 3 years. Remember the one where the 3 Somali pirates got shot in the head by 3 SEAL Snipers at 400 meters? And the hostage walked off the ship without a scratch? Link to article is below. Then there was Osama Bin Laden, all of the other al qaeda drone targets taken out.

Instead of being appreciative, all the tea party folks can do is whine and complain. What a bunch of low-life cry babies. They’re clearly on the wrong team.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=7325633&page=1

Jan 25, 2012 5:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
C4LCNCPLS wrote:

Doesn’t the press know the difference between a commando and a Navy Seal. Get educated plz.

Jan 25, 2012 5:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
t-velocity wrote:

@joseimora:

Typically 2nd Admendment nut case. First, there is no prohibition per se about armed escorts. Second, what the F does this have to do with the 2nd A.? Are you suggesting that a bunch of 2A nuts like you go in and perform these missions? Or that a 32 yo women and 60+ yo “peace mission” participants should have been armed? Are you really that dense?

Jan 25, 2012 5:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
password26 wrote:

Now that makes me proud to be an American,GOTTA love it !
Veteran 1966-1970.

Jan 25, 2012 6:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Owkrender wrote:

@josiemora
There is nothing stopping you or anyone else from riding armed escort on ships endangered by pirates, however much you like to whine about the nanny state and your right to keep and bear arms. Get to it.

Jan 25, 2012 6:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

Awesomeness all around! Those that where kidnapped trying to help, the brave and well-trained SEALS and an administration using the military the way it should be.

Jan 25, 2012 6:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
oRg9o wrote:

Two things:

1. This was not political posturing by Obama, but don’t give him too much credit. 10 years of intelligence structuring and collection have enabled him to say “GO” very easily. A lot of people deserve credit – he didn’t do very much.

2. Security teams can embark on cargo ships, but they cannot stay when pulling into ports. Most countries don’t allow weapons imports in this manner (understandably). Thus, security teams are very expensive, and most shipping companies would rather pay a (cheaper) ransom. It’s a bad situation. The militaries of all countries should kill pirates without fear of retribution (see: Russians, Chinese).

Jan 25, 2012 6:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
saleen05 wrote:

I am happy for them and their families BUT what makes these 2 people different from all of the remaining prisoners held in captive of war?

Jan 25, 2012 6:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ClaudeM wrote:

We salute you sir and thank the men of Seal 6. Great work!

Jan 25, 2012 6:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
barberrr wrote:

Can’t say much for his boss, but that Leon Panetta is something else.

As for Seal Team Six, words can’t begin to describe in how much awe they are held by their fellow countrymen. They actually do what we only wish we could do.

Jan 25, 2012 9:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Geo_Tirebiter wrote:

@joseimora:

“From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli” Guess what, you fruit-loop, – Americans were being kidnapped and rescued by our military back when the constitution was being written! It must be difficult for you to tell folks you love America while hating at least half the folks in it. God bless our troops. º¿º

Jan 26, 2012 9:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
policywhiz wrote:

I think it is great that our military saved these two people but I think it is bad taste for Obama to try to get a political tick for ordering the mission. It is his job but to try to make political points for doing it is really ugly. He released a picture of him and his wife calling the father….really now do we need this sort of politics?

Jan 26, 2012 6:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
policywhiz wrote:

I think it is great that our military saved these two people but I think it is bad taste for Obama to try to get a political tick for ordering the mission. It is his job but to try to make political points for doing it is really ugly. He released a picture of him and his wife calling the father….really now do we need this sort of politics?

Jan 26, 2012 6:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
W.j.f.m. wrote:

@joseimora We designate members of society to handle violent situations. If you feel inclined to protect then join the army. One of the main goals of modernism is remove the need for violence and aggression from every day lives.
When you say “do we need to rely on the government for everything” I hope you realize that the government, including the military you hate to rely on, consists of tens of millions of people. You aren’t relying on a single entity to keep you safe, its the collective actions of an entire nation.

Jan 31, 2012 12:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
W.j.f.m. wrote:

@policywhiz You mean Obama’s press team released a photo. There are photographers around any president almost all the time. To assume that he sifted through photographs and decided to release one is ridiculous.

Jan 31, 2012 12:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
W.j.f.m. wrote:

@the_spatialist What else did you expect from a president. No they don’t tag along for black op missions, they don’t balance the economy with a single calculator and they don’t walk the streets in search of stray cats. His job is to make a decision, he said “go” and it worked. No one is implying anything else. Believe me it takes more than a few military operations to win an election. Why can’t republicans (Yes I’m assuming you are) stick to issues and facts and get over the personal insults. It makes you sound petty and overemotional.

Jan 31, 2012 12:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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