The good news about the rescue of Captain Phillips was welcome this Easter Sunday.
From reading the linked article it would appear that the rescue was not so much a planned 'rescue operation' authorized by the Administration specifically, but was actually the Navy acting on the orders they already had, allowing the snipers to shoot if the Captain's life appeared to be 'in imminent danger.'
The article says that the Navy officer in charge of the operation gave the order to fire on the pirates.
But this will be treated as a success for the administration; they will be given all the credit, though I prefer to give the credit to the Special Forces.
I am tempted, though, to ask why no action was taken when the Captain escaped earlier, and why it had to wait until the eleventh hour, when the pirates were that much closer to reaching land with their hostage? Was the military prevented from acting sooner?
I guess we will never really know. Still, the Captain is safe and so is the crew, so that's the important thing for now