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The rescue of Capt. Phillips

What a feel-good moment. We certainly needed it. Reminds me of the "Miracle on Ice" during the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, and more recently, the Hudson River plane crash.

The first thing that struck me when I heard the news on Easter Sunday was how capricious fate can be. Barack Obama is being hailed as a man who, when tested, made the right decision under pressure.

What if, God forbid, a rogue wave had lapped against the side of the little lifeboat, throwing off the rhythm of one of our snipers just enough so that he hit the hostage, instead of his captor, in a horrible accident? The President would be condemned as a man whose intemperate rush to conclude the impasse cost an innocent man his life, when further negotiation might have yielded fruit.

I would have liked to be inside Jimmy Carter's head for a moment yesterday. Remember when he sent the task force into Iran to free the hostages, and the effort ended in tragedy? All because a few rotor blades got tangled up with each other, and some sand got in the engines. Had it succeeded, he might have been reelected.

Upon such discrete and seemingly trivial phenomena do the great wheels of History turn.

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Upon such discrete and seemingly trivial phenomena do the great wheels of History turn.

Now, what is wrong with this picture? Why do we allow the "great wheels of history" to turn on the whims of our elected dictators?

The Somali pirates detained vessels in order to steal. The US Navy, under dictators Bush the elder, Clinton the moral, and W the intellectual, did pretty much the same thing when they placed Iraq under embargo in order to control its oil wealth. This embargo was certainly part of the motivation for the 9/11 attacks. Thus turns the great wheel of history.

"All we need is love..."

"All we need is love..."

Except details are now emerging and the facts that Obama waited four days and eventually the decision to 'go' was made by the Commander in Charge on site - not by the President.

BUT, there Obama was in his favorite place, in front of the cameras to grab the credit!

Vudu has it right. Obama made no "decision under pressure" except to refuse to make a decision. Hail the Commander-in-charge, not the Commander-in-Chief!

Which way to the Carribean?

Uh-oh here comes the ACLU!

We really know who completed this, don't we?

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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