7:15am....Barbara Starr (CNN) is reporting that evidently the captain jumped into the ocean last night, in an attempt to get free but was recaptured by the pirates who jumped in the water & brought him back to the lifeboat. To bad the Navy wasn't razor sharp to have phalanxed the lifeboat when the captain had jumped out!!
(I don't know how far the U.S. destroyer is from the lifeboat but they should move in to within a few feet!......Why not??)What I think should be done:
These pirates are not prepared to die. (They evidently cell phoned someone & asked them to pray for them). They want money....not death!...These are not Al Quieda suicide bombers, they are young punks looking for a fast buck!! (If they tried this on the streets of LA, they would be called a street gang....Not pirates. They are young,
probably dumb & can be "out-foxed". We just need to be as ruthless as they are!)
They know they are dead men if anything happens to their hostage so, I would say, we are in the driver's seat & they are powerless. The hostage has proved that he is a courageous man doing his best to end the standoff...so...it's time to start pushing these pirates...hard!
1. Move the U.S. ships in to within a few feet of the lifeboat
2. Keep guns trained on the lifeboat so if the hostage manages to get free again we can immediately begin making CHUM
3. Promise them anything. (tell them that since no one has been hurt, that they will receive
a slap on the wrist if they surrender....bring a judge out there & stage a show trial right there)
4. If we can convince them to surrender,........Yell ..."FINS" & shoot them down like rabid dogs!
(President Obama should very quietly tell the Captain of the U.S. Navy destroyer that under no circumstances should these pirates be taken alive.....(The Captain can then tell a few officers what their orders are) Make it look like self defense or do anything necessary but they need to be made an example of to any other Somali punks)