Breaking: Navy frees captain in firefight

Big day on the high seas and glad to see that there was some thinking and planning as opposed to immediate gun slinging as the right wingers wanted. It’s amazing what can be done when cooler heads prevail.

An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a swift firefight that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, the ship’s owner said.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said a pirate who had been involved in negotiations to free Capt. Richard Phillips but who was not on the lifeboat was in custody.

Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.

Meanwhile, the radical right is upset that this was a good day for America. They remind me of the old joke here in France where someone complains that sure, it worked in practice but will it work in theory. What a bunch of jackasses.


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