Captain Phillips freed, 3 pirates killed

posted at 1:45 pm on April 12, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Here’s a happy ending on Easter Sunday for Hot Air readers.  Captain Richard Phillips is now free from the pirates holding him hostage, and three of the four captors are now free of oxygen use as a result:

U.S. intelligence official tells the Associated Press Sunday that an American sea captain held hostage by Somali pirates has been freed and was safe aboard a Navy ship. Three of the pirates were killed and one was in custody, according to the official.

U.S. warships and helicopters had been stalking the lifeboat holding Capt. Richard Phillips and his four Somali captors as a Somali official and others reported earlier that negotiations for his release had broken down. …

“The negotiations between the elders and American officials have broken down. The reason is American officials wanted to arrest the pirates in Puntland and elders refused the arrest of the pirates,” said the commissioner, Abdi Aziz Aw Yusuf. He said he organized initial contacts between the elders and the Americans.

Two other Somalis, one involved in the negotiations and another in contact with the pirates, also said the talks collapsed because of the U.S. insistence that the pirates be arrested and brought to justice.

Looks like we brought three of them to justice.  The fourth will get more protection than he deserves, but at least we’ve freed the captain and delivered something of a message.  We’re not going to let pirates run free, and if “elders” think we will, they found out differently today.

From now on, though, the “negotiations” should be us telling the pirates and their envoys that if they surrender, we’ll let them live.  If not, no quarter.  That should be our first and last offer.  If we keep dancing around with Somali “elders” and treat pirates like bank robbers, we’re going to be doing a lot more of these negotiations in the future.

Update: Second time’s the charm.  Phillips jumped overboard again, and this time, the Navy was ready to take out the pirates.  Great work, Navy!

Update II: Looks like the initial reports were incorrect.  After being authorized to use force by President Obama, Navy SEALs took their shots when it appeared the pirates were about to shoot Phillips.  Kudos to the SEALs, and kudos to Obama for making the right call.  If this had gone badly, he would have taken the blame, so it’s fair to credit him with taking the steps necessary to finally bring this to a happy conclusion.


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Smack Down … +1000

RalphyBoy on April 12, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Great , no more CO2 from them.

Now , how’s it going with the Norks.

the_nile on April 12, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Great military victory.

hey, let’s cut their funding!

artist on April 12, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Outstanding!

John D on April 12, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Wish there was more information in regards to actually what went down. I am glad CPT Phillips is now free and I regret was not 4 for 4 on the pirates. Body bags are cheap.

Jdripper on April 12, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Also, I bet now you won’t be able to shut Obama up about this.

Reporter: Pres Obama, when do you think the economy will recover?

Obama: Um, can we talk about my success in freeing the captive?

artist on April 12, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Happy Easter Capt. Phillips, to you and your family.

Now the question is, do we press this forward and go after their shore bases?

ThePrez on April 12, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Hazzah!!!! This is a fine Easter isn’t it?

FontanaConservative on April 12, 2009 at 1:51 PM

It seems the captain jumped off the lifeboat again. He just didn’t want to go to Somalia and wait for his bailout.

NellE on April 12, 2009 at 1:51 PM

How long before Obama takes full credit for this, while sweeping a very talented Naval officer under the rug?

HockeyTemper on April 12, 2009 at 1:51 PM

America!!! F*@k Yeah!!

Well Done.

Claypigeon on April 12, 2009 at 1:52 PM

More: Fox reporting Capt. Phillips jumped overboard again and the SEALs were ready.

Welcome news.

Spirit of 1776 on April 12, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Thank God for the military.
Why did it take so long though?

jencab on April 12, 2009 at 1:52 PM

reported earlier that negotiations for his release had broken down. …

So does this mean we don’t negotiate with terrorists any more … again?

eforhan on April 12, 2009 at 1:52 PM

The forth pirate should be airlifted back to Somali and kick out of the jet with a rope around his neck as a parachute.

PrettyD_Vicious on April 12, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Pfft…If Barry would have just sent in the Seal’s to deal with this in the first place he would have saved himself a whole heap of trouble. But then again that’s smart diplomacy for you, same as the old diplomacy only with more bullshit and less action.

Dreadnought223 on April 12, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Fox is reporting that Phillips went overboard again and gave the military another window to shoot.

Great news!

Knucklehead on April 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Now the question is, do we press this forward and go after their shore bases?

I’m quite surprised our hopeychangey leaders allowed any terrorist killed. Where’s the fair trial? Were they read their rights?
I thought we weren’t at war with islam… TOTUS, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do!

-Happy Easter!

roscopico on April 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Another Easter Miracle!!!!

Captain Richard Phillips is now free from the pirates holding him hostage, and three of the four captors are now free of oxygen use as a result:

Is this Ace’s site? Heh.

God Bless Our Military!!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Bravo, US Navy!

Disturb the Universe on April 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM

How dare we expect them to be brought to justice. Boy, we are arrogant…just like Barry said we are.

Thw only things that should be floating of Somalia are US warships and pieces of pirate ships.

ej_pez on April 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM

From what the news is saying, the Captain jumped overboard, and the SEALs went at it.

I bet they signaled the Captain via lights and Morse Code to jump again when they positioned SEALs under the boat to pop out and shoot the pirates.

Enoxo on April 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM

I can’t wait to hear the accolades from all the other country’s who’s safety we just enhanced by offing those 3 lawless Somali pricks.

Great job SEALS and Capt Philipps!!!!!

bernzright777 on April 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Damn MSNBC, columns of superflous information but nothing on how the captain was freed and the pirates killed. I’m guessing Nave Seals.

docdave on April 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Fox is reporting that Phillips went overboard again and gave the military another window to shoot.

Great news!

Knucklehead on April 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Captain Phillips is as much of a hero as our sailors are.

Wow. Just wow.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Some things just need a little killing.

the_nile on April 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

It is a great Easter story. The man who laid down his life for his friends has taken it up again.

NellE on April 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

artist on April 12, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Beat me to it! :)

How long before the Obama administration, specifically Biden comes out and says, “See! I told you we would be tested! I told you people would think that we were handling it wrong! We are simply geniuses and should hail Obmama for his steadfast and courageous…”

I had to stop typing; I vomited a little in my mouth…

catmman on April 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

This is like the parable of the lost lamb. There’s a great rejoicing when it’s found. Along with the captain who landed his plane on the Hudson river, the reputation of vessel captains has been raised 1000%. It is a joyous day.

Paul-Cincy on April 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Let’s give credit where credit is due: Thank you Navy! I assume this was the work of the Seals.

Ordinary American on April 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

This turned out better than I expected. Sounds like Mr. Obama and his advisors let the military do what was necessary and on their own time table. With the FBI involved, I was sure we were back to 9-10. Maybe not, I hope. Looks like Mr. Obama passed his first test.

amr on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Next up………….

“……. the Special Forces members of the United States Navy that rescued Captain Phillips have been brought up on charges by the Obama Administration’s Justice Department for violating their civil rights.”

……….. just wait for it.

Seven Percent Solution on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

From now on, though, the “negotiations” should be us telling the pirates and their envoys that if they surrender, we’ll let them live. If not, no quarter. That should be our first and last offer. If we keep dancing around with Somali “elders” and treat pirates like bank robbers, we’re going to be doing a lot more of these negotiations in the future.
Ed

Complete agreement and thanks for putting it so concisely.

SKYFOX on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Great news, but let’s not forget the new hostages on the tugboat.

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

I bet they signaled the Captain via lights and Morse Code to jump again when they positioned SEALs under the boat to pop out and shoot the pirates.

Enoxo on April 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM

If the pirates didn’t speak English, they could have just told him to jump over the loud-speaker.

heh

artist on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

From now on, though, the “negotiations” should be us telling the pirates and their envoys that if they surrender, we’ll let them live. If not, no quarter. That should be our first and last offer. If we keep dancing around with Somali “elders” and treat pirates like bank robbers, we’re going to be doing a lot more of these negotiations in the future.

QFT

I said, upon finding out that the ‘elders’ were running the show, take them out to the boat and with guns to their heads, “Tell them to drop their weapons.”

- The Cat

P.S. Why were the elders also not taken into custody?

MirCat on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

It is a great Easter story. The man who laid down his life for his friends has taken it up again.

NellE on April 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Tru dat. Tru dat.

Seven Percent Solution on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

UN Security Council meeting in 5…4…3…2…1..

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 12, 2009 at 1:56 PM

artist on April 12, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Exaaaactly right.

katy on April 12, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Oh, and another thing……………

To hell with LOST!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 12, 2009 at 1:56 PM

I can’t wait to hear the accolades from all the other country’s who’s safety we just enhanced by offing those 3 lawless Somali pricks.

Great job SEALS and Capt Philipps!!!!!

bernzright777 on April 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

You’ll be waiting a long, long time.

Here’s to the great, great USA!!!!!!!

Colorado Anne on April 12, 2009 at 1:57 PM

-

How did they do that without killing the hostage??

Tom and Monkei ..eat crap

Jamson64 on April 12, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Richard Phillips. Chesly Sullenberger. The men kids should look up to. Not a corrupt, narcissistic, cowardly Marxist.

Wethal on April 12, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Exactly! Tell them they have two choices: surrender and live or die.

End of story.

These pirates don’t want to be martyrs like al-Qaeda does, these guys just want their booty. Their lives are precious to them and they don’t want to die. When they realize that they’ll die, they’ll stop.

thebronze on April 12, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Great news, good job Navy.

conservnut on April 12, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Great news, but let’s not forget the new hostages on the tugboat.

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Well, this should make negotiations much easier. I don’t think they really want to meet Allah that quickly.

/sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 12, 2009 at 1:57 PM

They said it could not be done. the lib trolls are truly jokes

Jamson64 on April 12, 2009 at 1:57 PM

If Obama asks to meet this guy, I hope Phillips looks Obama in the eye and says, “Sir, we need a bigger navy and don`t you dare cut them one penny!”

ThePrez on April 12, 2009 at 1:58 PM

America, **** yeah!

Rusty Shackleford on April 12, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Looks like Mr. Obama passed his first test.

amr on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Please…

How about: looks like Obama finally let someone with some stones (The Navy) help him PASS his first test!

catmman on April 12, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Friggin’ AWESOME. What a perfect Easter.

Salutes to the Navy forces and to Captain Phillips.

wccawa on April 12, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Real hope. Not Teleprompter Jesus-y “hope”.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 12, 2009 at 1:59 PM

TOTALLY AWESOME! That makes my day, way to go U.S. That’s the way to show em. Just took a little patience is all. Can’t hurry success.

scalleywag on April 12, 2009 at 1:59 PM

From now on, though, the “negotiations” should be us telling the pirates and their envoys that if they surrender, we’ll let them live. If not, no quarter.

Unfortunately, even this is not going to work. You’ll be seeing squads of suicide-pirates soon. If we don’t lay waste to their bases now, (and their hometowns, too) then this act will have no lasting effect. How long will it take before we realize how to deal with tribalistic cultures?

Kudos to our military and to Captain Phillips (jumping out of the boat, again!). They did us proud, when they were finally allowed to.

progressoverpeace on April 12, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Richard Phillips. Chesly Sullenberger. The men kids should look up to. Not a corrupt, narcissistic, cowardly Marxist.

Wethal on April 12, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Wait a minute. How does self-sacrifice, even willing to die for others, fit into the liberal narrative? What place does it have in the liberal worldview? I’m so confused! How does Obama spin this?

Paul-Cincy on April 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM

good

rob verdi on April 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Great military victory.

hey, let’s cut their funding!

artist on April 12, 2009 at 1:49 PM

We have a winner!

portlandon on April 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Looks like Mr. Obama passed his first test.

amr on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Passed?

Lead, follow or get out of the way as the saying goes.

He didn’t do leading. At best looks, like he got out of the way. Accolades to the Captain for courage 3x.

Spirit of 1776 on April 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Some things just need a little killing.

the_nile on April 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Now THAT belongs on a t-shirt!

ThePrez on April 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Obama had to do something. The pirate story might have overshadowed the comprehensive press coverage of the first puppy.

Seriously, a very happy Easter.

Infidoll on April 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Before Phillips was freed, a pirate who said he was associated with the gang that held Phillips, Ahmed Mohamed Nur, told The Associated Press that the pirates had reported that “helicopters continue to fly over their heads in the daylight and in the night they are under the focus of a spotlight from a warship.”

He spoke by satellite phone from Harardhere, a port and pirate stronghold where a fisherman said helicopters flew over the town Sunday morning and a warship was looming on the horizon. The fisherman, Abdi Sheikh Muse, said that could be an indication the lifeboat may be near to shore.

That’s from Breitbart.

Now what should we do, hmm?

trubble on April 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I can’t wait to hear the accolades from all the other country’s who’s safety we just enhanced by offing those 3 lawless Somali pricks.

Great job SEALS and Capt Philipps!!!!!

bernzright777 on April 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

You’ll be waiting a long, long time.
Here, here to the Great USA!!

Colorado Anne on April 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Best negotiations end with the bad guys dead. You can’t say enough good things about our Navy Seals, god bless them. President Obama achieved a little stature there. He had to approve the action, so I give credit where credit’s due.

Rode Werk on April 12, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Looks like Mr. Obama passed his first test.

amr on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Obama directly after having heard the news:

“Dammit! I told them to stand down!”

portlandon on April 12, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Yea, now if we could close their ports they’d have nowhere to take this pirated ships.

scalleywag on April 12, 2009 at 2:01 PM

This is great. God bless our Navy. They are the best. Now let’s see what happens to the 4th pirate. Obama will probably have him over for pizza at the WH.

BetseyRoss on April 12, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Assuming the report is true about the captain jumping out again, DUMBEST PIRATES EVAH!

corona on April 12, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Wait a minute. How does self-sacrifice, even willing to die for others, fit into the liberal narrative? What place does it have in the liberal worldview? I’m so confused! How does Obama spin this?

Paul-Cincy on April 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Just like these people the rich should lay down their money to save the economy?

- The Cat

MirCat on April 12, 2009 at 2:02 PM

This must be the military Obama inherited.

Firebird on April 12, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Awesome. Way to go Navy!

Weight of Glory on April 12, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Looks like Mr. Obama passed his first test.

amr on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

I’m not giving President Pantywaist one iota of credit on this. Looks to me like the men on the spot took advantage of an opening created by Captain Philips to do what needed to be done while Bambi ummmed and ahhhed his way through.

Of course, Bambi’s going to take full credit for it anyway.

Matt Helm on April 12, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Obama directly after having heard the news:

“Dammit! I told them to stand down!”

portlandon on April 12, 2009 at 2:01 PM

“We have to return the hostage , to continue the negotiation.”

the_nile on April 12, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Nope Obama loses this one. The captain saved himself. Obama’s plan was to keep negotiating.

But Obama gets a chance to save face… What does he do about piracy NOW?!

Skywise on April 12, 2009 at 2:03 PM

So do dead, sea faring, Islamic pirates meet 72 mermaids?

katy on April 12, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Freed?…….How about rescued. I doubt the three dead skinnies released the captain.

Way to go Navy.

David in ATL on April 12, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Hoo-rah! Kill the bastards by any means necessary.

packsoldier on April 12, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Hooray!!! Great job US Navy! Great job Capt. Phillips!

BrianBoru on April 12, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Awesome news! Especially for today.

UN Security Council meeting in 5…4…3…2…1..

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 12, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Has the glorious UN ever attempted to act on piracy in the Somali region at all?

JetBoy on April 12, 2009 at 2:05 PM

From what they’re saying on Fox, it sounds like there was no “plan” the pirates fell asleep and he jumped on his own again.

Knucklehead on April 12, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Isn’t this just “cowboy” diplomacy? Where’s the change?

I wonder if anyone has told Sec. Gates about this yet? I’d imagine he’s still reading his list of programs to cut.

TugboatPhil on April 12, 2009 at 2:05 PM

So do dead, sea faring, Islamic pirates meet 72 mermaids?

katy on April 12, 2009 at 2:04 PM

haha!

JetBoy on April 12, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Nope Obama loses this one. The captain saved himself. Obama’s plan was to keep negotiating.

But Obama gets a chance to save face… What does he do about piracy NOW?!

Skywise on April 12, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Shoting them looks like a panacea..

the_nile on April 12, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Update: Second time’s the charm. Phillips jumped overboard again, and this time, the Navy was ready to take out the pirates. Great work, Navy!

Thank God the Father Almighty! It appears that while BO is still deliberating and buying doggy collars, the captain decided he would rather take his chances at escape, again.

Zorro on April 12, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Sounds like Capt. Phillips picked the moment by trying to escape once again, thus leaving the pirates exposed to SEAL teams.

RBMN on April 12, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Guess who’ll take credit for it…

SouthernGent on April 12, 2009 at 2:06 PM

I didn’t think Obama had it in him. I was wrong. Good.

toliver on April 12, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Looks like Mr. Obama passed his first test.

amr on April 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

I thought Obama’s first test was the North Korean Missile launch? And If I recall his response to that was to get the UN to send the Norks a strongly worded letter.

Sorry but I have to agree with others here who have said that the only thing Obama did right in this situation was to get out of the way and let the Navy deal with it. Although his administration by negotiation with these clowns has set a dangerous precedent that could very well see more events of this nature occurring on a regular basis. So much for the United States policy of not negotiating with Terrorists.

Dreadnought223 on April 12, 2009 at 2:06 PM

David in ATL:

I agree, “Freed” is the wrong term, he was rescued.

Rode Werk on April 12, 2009 at 2:07 PM

The US Navy gets full credit for the brains behind this operation.
Obama=0

He just happen to be in the right place at the right time and that’s it in my book!
I will be perchasing pepto bismal for the nausea to follow news coverage in the next 4 years.

katy on April 12, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Hallelujah! Captain Phillips–American Hero!!

US Navy–American Heroes!

Niere on April 12, 2009 at 2:07 PM

didn’t think Obama had it in him. I was wrong. Good.

toliver on April 12, 2009 at 2:06 PM

President Pantywaist had nothing to do with this. Captain Phillips made a break, apparently while the pirates were sleeping and the Navy did what it needed to do.

Go Navy!!

And way to go Captain Phillips!!

Matt Helm on April 12, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Great news. Someone fell asleep again…

It does make me wonder though, if these pirate warlords had agreed to the arrests, what would have happened?

What else was in the deal? Would they have told these guys to lay down their weapons and let themsemlves be captured? What was in it for the pirate leaders?

Would they have sent them back to the US for trial?

Would some slimeball lawyer get them off by playing off the poor oppressed victim card to some jury of dimwits in DC?

Veeeery interesting.

Good for the captain.

reaganaut on April 12, 2009 at 2:08 PM

I guess I could kinda sorta give Obambi a little bit of credit. At least he didn’t restrict the Navy from taking advantage of the opportunity.

packsoldier on April 12, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Guess who’ll take credit for it…

SouthernGent on April 12, 2009 at 2:06 PM

“I thank you Obama”

Teleprompting the same speech he’s already done.

the_nile on April 12, 2009 at 2:08 PM

This is awesome baby! Woooo!

SoulGlo on April 12, 2009 at 2:08 PM

amr:

Why would this mean Obama passed a test? He was not the one who shot the pirates. In fact, if not for his dragging his feet, this could have been accomplished the first time the Captain went in the water. It seems to me that Obama tried everything else first.

I am glad for the Captain and his family. I hope they get the men from the tugboat soon as well. I am afraid that the pirates might seek some revenge on them..I hope not.

Terrye on April 12, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Great news. Well done SEALs and sailors involved in this.

Hog Wild on April 12, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Captain Phillips … an American hero. Yes, the Navy deserves accolades, but Phillips is the real hero here. Exchanging himself for his crew and never giving up. Jumping into the ocean TWICE to prevent the pirates obtaining their profit from their deed.

crosspatch on April 12, 2009 at 2:09 PM

In Obama We Trust…. watch, somehow Obama is going to get all the credit

El_Terrible on April 12, 2009 at 2:09 PM

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