Why did Obama make Capt. Phillips wait until his fourth day of captivity to be freed?

The ship was hijacked on Wednesday.

Capt. Phillips was taken hostage on Thursday.

It took until Friday for Obama to recognize it as terrorism and to authorize the use of lethal force. Even then, he allowed lethal force ONLY if the captain's life was in IMMINENT danger.

By then Phillips had attempted to escape on his own, but without ANY SUPPORT ON THE SCENE his attempt failed. He was recaptured and beaten by the pirates.

It took until Sunday for the Navy SEAL Team Six to see the pirates pointing a gun at Phillips and open fire.

All three pirates were killed instantly, and Phillips was finally freed after a four day ordeal.

Obama's order would not allow them to fire until then.

Obama then proceeded to take credit for his success.

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2009/04/21/4431...

SEAL email criticizing Obama is bogus [sic]

21 Apr 2009

'...President Obama delayed decisions to deploy the Navy SEALs because he wanted to resolve the hostage standoff with Captain Richard Phillips "peacefully."

'Wednesday, April 8

'The Maersk Alabama is hijacked by four Somali pirates. The U.S. destroyer Bainbridge, 300 miles away, heads in that direction.

'Thursday, April 9

'Bainbridge arrives in the vicinity of Maersk Alabama as the situation turned ugly and the four pirates took Captain Richards hostage in a lifeboat.

'Friday, April 10

'Captain Phillips jumped into the sea in an attempt to escape his pirate captors, but the Bainbridge was a mile away from the lifeboat at the time and had no special operations forces in the water or the air that could have helped Phillips escape.

'Friday night Somalia time: The President also gave the SEALS the authority to use "lethal force" to rescue Captain Philliips if it was determined his life was in "imminent danger."

'At the same time, the hostage rescue operation was officially designated a "COUNTER-TERRORISM OPERATION,"

'Sunday, April 12

'At 7:19 pm Somalia time, three Navy snipers from SEAL TEAM SIX, lying prone on the fan-tail of the Bainbridge, fired three precision and simultaneous shots that instantly killed the three remaining pirates holding Captain Phillips hostage aboard the lifeboat.'

Update:

jerome, how would you like to be held captive for 4 days, getting beaten regularly, with your hands tied behind your back in a boat that doesn't have a toilet?

And then find out you could have been freed a day or two earlier, but Obama gave the order not to shoot because he wanted to spare the lives of your captors? Who ended up getting shot in the head anyway?

All Obama did was prolong his ordeal. Phillips made a point of NOT thanking President Obama after he was rescued.

4 Answers

Relevance
  • 7 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    It's because, as you recognize, Obama treats terrorism as a law enforcement issue. Part of the reason why it took so long is because, since it was a "law enforcement" issue, the FBI was involved (oh please!) and in charge of the whole thing.

  • briana
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    We now comprehend the respond - captain jumps overboard and starts swimming away. Captain a former army guy is conscious that any smart commander could have his men waiting to blast the sob's out of the water the 2nd a line of fire became into loose. I particular the destroyer captain knew it too, yet for sure became into restrained from having authority to have interplay without Washington's (Obama's) approval. might desire to have killed that group to stand by and don't something. besides all of us comprehend comprehend that Obama is micro-handling merely like carter did. He does not believe the protection stress to do their jobs and hence they won't have the skill to do their jobs. The commander on scene might desire to have been supply complete authority to act as he observed greater wholesome. If that were completed, there could now be a loose hostage and a few very ineffective pirates. As is Obama has enable a buch to 2 bit criminals pull our weenie jointly as the full worldwide laughs. Absolute disgusting habit for a Commander in chief yet after his overall performance in this modern holiday the place he bent over backwards responsible the US for each worldwide issue what else can we predict?

  • 7 years ago

    It takes time.... In the end the good guy was rescued and the bad guys died.... not sure what else your wanting...

    added...

    There is nothing within your source that proves he could of been saved sooner... If you think you can do a better job, then make your case and get hired into the position.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    More Fochs news spew from a right wing nutcase.

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.