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UPDATE 3:34 P.M. ET: The Associated Press:
An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a U.S. Navy operation that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.On Twitter, Tammy Bruce responded to the news by observing that the U.S. had apparently employed her plan: "Four bullets for four terrorists." Meanwhile, our friend Paco has a modest proposal.
One of the pirates was wounded and in custody after a swift firefight, the official said.
Capt. Richard Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.
UPDATE 3:37 P.M. ET: "The spirit of United 93 remains alive and well."
UPDATE 3:51 P.M. ET: I'd been curious to know how William Teach at Pirate's Cove would react to this news, but nothing yet. However, it is "Patriotic Pinup Sunday."
Meanwhile, I'm wondering why the headline at Ace of Spades HQ is not:
Somali pirates die of dehydration, seasickness and precisely aimed automatic weapons fire from U.S. Navy SEALs, but mostly . . .
UPDATE 4:10 p.m. ET: Fausta on Twitter: "The real meaning of Easter SEALS!"
UPDATE 4:17 p.m. ET: Via Outside the Beltway, the statement from the shipping company:
Norfolk, Va., April 12, 2009: Maersk Line, Limited was informed by the U.S. government at 1330 EDT today that Captain Richard Phillips has been rescued. John Reinhart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Line, Limited, called Captain Phillips' wife, Andrea, to tell her the good news. The crew of the Maersk Alabama was jubilant when they received word."Somebody grew a pair."
Mr. Reinhart said, "We are all absolutely thrilled to learn that Richard is safe and will be re-united with his family. Maersk Line, Limited is deeply grateful to the Navy, the F.B.I. and so many others for their tireless efforts to secure Richard's freedom. We join Richard's family, his crew and his colleagues ashore in celebrating this wonderful news. We look forward to welcoming him home in the coming days." Mr. Reinhart will hold a media briefing in Norfolk, Va., later on Sunday.
UPDATE 4:20 p.m. ET: "From now on . . . 'negotiations' should be us telling the pirates and their envoys that if they surrender, we'll let them live. If not, no quarter."
UPDATE 4:27 p.m. ET: Linking a Boston Herald story about Capt. Phillips' family reacting to the news, Jules Crittenden adds:
"[T]hose Somali elders the Americans were negotiating with might want the bodies of their clansmen. I’d suggest a delivery from altitude."Nah. Freaking pirates. Dump 'em overboard. Sharks got to eat too, ya know.
UPDATE 6:45 p.m. ET: Tom Maguire says, "Go Navy!"
UPDATE 7:30 p.m. ET: Donald Douglas: "[M]any of those on the left aren't celebrating this event for the triumph of heroism that it is." You don't say! Professor Douglas links a liberal blogger who says: "I wonder which principled member of our corporate media will point out that, in the big picture, the Somali pirates are acting in self-defense?" Classic.
UPDATE 8:18 p.m. ET: "Anyone want to join me in a rousing game of Spank the Weasel?"
UPDATE 8:21 p.m. ET: by Smitty
Gateway Pundit points to Blackfive reporting, contrary to the AP, "This was not a rescue attempt ordered by National Command Authority i.e. the President. It was a reaction by the on scene commander under standard authority to safeguard the life of a hostage." IOW, common delegation from policy makers to military has occurred. Encouraging.
UPDATE 10:07 p.m. ET: by Smitty
Squid blog Information Dissemination links Reuters quoting the pirates:
Somali pirates were quick to vow revenge over the shooting of their comrades, as well as a French military assault to rescue a yacht on Friday.Because, somehow, merely ransoming prisoners makes the US the bad guy here.
"The French and the Americans will regret starting this killing. We do not kill, but take only ransom. We shall do something to anyone we see as French or American from now," Hussein, a pirate, told Reuters by satellite phone.