Good God, they've murdered an American here. Let's get on with it.
- Ronald Reagan, before he okayed a plan to capture terrorists who hijacked a boat and killed an American.
I don't ever want to hear another comparison of Obama to Reagan, again. Not ever. Today the definitive proof is in the Obama isn't good enough to carry Reagan's shoes, much less try to wear them.
Not so long ago, a yacht with four Americans on it was hijacked by pirates. And when this yacht was hijacked, Obama ... did nothing. Now the Americans who were on the yacht are dead. Via Gateway Pundit:
The four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia are dead.
Hijacked last Friday off Oman, the Quest was being piloted toward the Somali coast – and was being shadowed by a U.S. Navy warship.
CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that gunshots aboard the yacht were heard, and the warship took action.
All 4 Americans were dead, killed apparently by their captors.
The yacht was being shadowed by a Navy vessel, but no one attempted a rescue? Where were the Navy Seals? Why weren't they allowed to shoot the pirates?
The four dead are Jean and Scott Adams, the yacht owners, and two passengers, Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay.
So, just on the off chance I missed it, what did Obama do about these hijackings?
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Okay, before I start tossing rocks, I just wanted to check and make sure that I wasn't casting blame wrongly, but I see that I'm not.
I am so mad over this I could scream. While our hand-wringing pantywaist in chief is off interfering in Wisconsin and
fiddling golfing while the Middle East burns, four Americans just got murdered. How do you account for this, Mr. President? How do you explain this?
And despite the fact the Obama is inept, the mainstream media insists that Obama is like or loves Reagan or something.
Which is a bald-faced lie. Obama has nothing on Reagan. Not in economics, not in national security, and not even in stopping pirates. As reported by Ann Coulter:
In 1985, Muslim terrorists hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and threatened to kill the passengers and crew unless 50 imprisoned Palestinians were released by Israel. The terrorists doused American and British women with gasoline and taunted them with matches. They forced passengers to hold live grenades. When their demands were not met, the terrorists shot a wheelchair-bound American, Leon Klinghoffer, and forced other passengers at gunpoint to throw him overboard in his wheelchair.
Even as the Americans were preparing a rescue mission, the Italian and Egyptian governments made a deal with the terrorists, offering the release of the Palestinians and safe passage to Egypt to end the ordeal. The Europeans were delighted with this masterful act of diplomacy. The Americans were not so pleased.
Oliver North conceived of an operation to get the terrorists back. Contrary to Egyptian president Mubarak's assurances that the terrorists had already left Egypt, North found out the terrorists were still there. Indeed, working with Israeli intelligence, North determined the precise EgyptAir 737 that would carry the terrorists out of Egypt, even down to the flight number. He wanted to intercept the flight, modeling the operation on the extraordinary World War II interception of Yamamoto, mastermind of Pearl Harbor.
President Reagan was briefed on the daring plan – along with copious warnings from timorous State Department officials that the Europeans might have their feelings bruised, America would look like a cowboy, and it would only strengthen the hard-liners in Egypt. Asked if the operation should proceed, Reagan said: "Good God! They've murdered an American here. Let's get on with it."
The plan was successful, and the pirates were captured. What has Obama done to stop pirates? Nothing. In 2009 a captain kidnapped by pirates was successfully rescued, but only after lots of hemming and hawing by Barack Obama. Oh, and he almost cost that captain his life a couple of times by ordering the Seals not to shoot unless they were sure the captain was in danger.
The bodies of the four Americans are on board the carrier Enterprise off the Horn of Africa, according to Central Command. The names of the Southern California couple are Scott and Jean Adam, boaters who were based out of Orange County.]
Four U.S. Navy ships had been shadowing the Quest after it was taken over by the pirates, Mattis said. While negotiations were underway to gain the release of the Americans, U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the Quest. The four Americans had been shot, Mattis said.
Two of the pirates were killed by U.S. forces and 13 captured, Mattis said. After boarding the Quest, military personnel found the bodies of two other pirates. The incident occurred about 1 a.m. EST.
Negotiating? Only negotiating? Good lord, that's not good enough. While the Obama administration was negotiating with the terrorists, the hostages got murdered.
Reagan would have more than negotiate with the pirates to rescue the hostages. Obama has nothing on that great American.
Obama is no Reagan.