One troubling point in the terrific take down of those pirates by Navy SEALS is that, according to the NYT, Obama and his advisors dithered over whether to allow it. Doesn’t seem to be that difficult a decision but I’m insensitive to nuance. There’s talk now of bombing the pirates base; whoopee. If we can’t explode a few heads without days of meetings and consultations I wouldn’t expect any meaningful action on the Somali shore for at least a few years.
The Defense Department twice sought Mr. Obama’s permission to use force to rescue Captain Phillips, most recently on Friday night, senior defense officials said. On Saturday morning, the president agreed, they said, if it appeared that the captain’s life was in imminent danger.