Man, I love the SEALs. I'm very happy the Captain was safely rescued.
Something on a grand scale has to be done about the piracy in that region of ocean, much larger than the international effort that has been going on. These pirates are a threat to international commerce. A much larger presence is needed and the pirates either need to be apprehended and/or killed off.
I agree that something has to be done about the pirates. Although this action and the action of the French will make that area more dangerous for Americans and French. A somali pirate has already come out and said as much. But I don't see as there was any choice in the matter. It is one thing for a private company to pay a ransom, the US government cannot do such a thing. Really I don't see how the pirates thought there would be any other outcome from keeping the captain but thier death or capture.
I am glad to admit that I was wrong. I was terrified that we were going to just stand aside and let them take him to shore. Especially when I heard they were within 20 miles of it. I have never been so happy to have been mistaken in my life.
The SEALs deserve most of the credit, IMO. I imagine sniping from the deck of a ship, which isn't all that stable of a platform, isn't a simple task. I wonder how far away they were when they took the shots?