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I know that the President’s ordering of a daring US Military raid into Somalia that resulted in the freedom of American aid worker Jessica Buchanan and a Danish colleague will be covered in more detail by other writers here on ATW (cue laugh track).  It was great news to hear that the Seals managed to extract the two aid workers who had be captive since October from the kidnappers in that troubled and hostile land.  Apparently with the increased naval operations of the US and others, Somalia bandits have had to focus their kidnapping efforts on the few aid workers who still risk their own lives to help the unfortunate population there.  Sounds like another well planned and executed operation.  These things can go wrong at times and the courage and skill of the Seals is  to be highly commended.

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12 thoughts on “The Sweet Smell of Success

  1. Hear Hear and good point, Mahons.
    I got a lot of flak a few weeks ago for trying to say that the US military do a great job (99.9%) of the time.
    Much respect to the Seals, again.

  2. “It was great news to hear that the Seals managed to extract the two aid workers who had be captive since October from the kidnappers in that troubled and hostile land.”

    Actually, it was just as good news that the SEALs greased 7 ot 8 of the sand-monkey pirates.

    OOH RAH!

  3. Let’s hear it for the US of A!
    Whether an election gimmick or no, it was a great act of derring do!
    So sad that we Brits have all but given up this sort of thing.
    We sold off all our gunboats…. 😉

  4. Whether an election gimmick or no

    For a second, I thought that it was one of the paranoid kookalamunga wing what scribbled that.

    I think that any president would have ordered this mission at a time the commanders thought was opportune, and that any SEAL would give his right arm to serve on such a mission. I guess that makes me ” naive ”

    God bless the SEALs and their brothers in arms in the US and allied militaries. They’re the best of us.

  5. “Actually, it was just as good news that the SEALs greased 7 ot 8 of the sand-monkey pirates.”

    Did they piss on them as well?

  6. “For a second, I thought that it was one of the paranoid kookalamunga wing what scribbled that.”

    On Mondays Thursdays and the occasional Mischievous Day, I am a fully paid up member..
    I agree with your sentiments Phantom: just as our social workers represent the best of us…. 😉

  7. I don’t mind admitting that the US presence in that part of the world sometimes makes me uneasy. For Americans stateside I mean. It can cause much resentment.

    But this action goes some way towards justifying that presence. Great job. Well done, Seals!

  8. Richard – The resentment of pirates and kidnappers I can live with, especially when they see aid workers as legitimate targets.
    An aside, one of the unsung stories in our World is the bravery of many of these aid workers who commit themselves to helping people despite the dangers.

  9. Very good news, very good job, well done. If the were off their nuts on qat, well that’s their problem.

    Very bad news from a less honourable bunch concerns Haditha and the injustice of murderers being let off.

  10. Pete – Yes the Haditha incident is very troubling. I don’t think justice was done.

    Richard – You mean there are other occupations there?

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