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... show more 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.

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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... show more 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.
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