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Hostage Rescue

Statement by the President on Successful Hostage Rescue

On Monday, I authorized an operation to rescue Jessica Buchanan, an American citizen who was kidnapped and held against her will for three months in Somalia. Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our Special Operations Forces, yesterday Jessica Buchanan was rescued and she is on her way home. As Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder of the troops who carried out this mission, and the dedicated professionals who supported their efforts.

Jessica Buchanan was selflessly serving her fellow human beings when she was taken hostage by criminals and pirates who showed no regard for her health and well-being. Last night I spoke with Jessica Buchanan’s father and told him that all Americans have Jessica in our thoughts and prayers, and give thanks that she will soon be reunited with her family. The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice. This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people.


Statement by Secretary Panetta on Hostage Rescue Operation in Somalia

Last night U.S. Special Operations Forces conducted, by order of the President of the United States, a successful mission in Somalia to rescue two individuals taken hostage on October 25, 2011. Ms. Jessica Buchanan, an American citizen employed by the Danish Demining Group, and her Danish colleague, Mr. Poul Thisted, were kidnapped at gunpoint by criminal suspects near Galcayo, Somalia.

Ms. Buchanan and Mr. Thisted have been transported to a safe location where we will evaluate their health and make arrangements for them to return home.

This successful hostage rescue, undertaken in a hostile environment, is a testament to the superb skills of courageous service members who risked their lives to save others. I applaud their efforts, and I am pleased that Ms. Buchanan and Mr. Thisted were not harmed during the operation. This mission demonstrates our military's commitment to the safety of our fellow citizens wherever they may be around the world.

I am grateful to report that there was no loss of life or injuries to our personnel.

I express my deepest gratitude to all the military and civilian men and women who supported this operation. This was a team effort and required close coordination, especially between the Department of Defense and our colleagues in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They are heroes and continue to inspire all of us by their bravery and service to our nation. 

1.  Welcome to the hospitality of the US SOF, Ms. Buchanan and Mr. Thisted!

2. Good on President Obama for giving the "go" order.

3.  Well Done boys and girls of SOCOM, and the supporting players who gathered the intel and provided the wrap-arounds!

4. Yay for no hurt people our side, here's hoping for some knocked heads on the other side.

5. Strike anyone as odd the President's statement just ignored Mr. Thisted?  Odd ommission that.

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I am grateful that U.S. citizens were returned to safety.  However, I hope that this may cause others to re-examine their plans to operate in areas clearly beyond the borders of civilization.  Are their works of charity worth risking their lives and the lives of American soldiers, saliors, Marines, or airmen?  It may be a cold calculus, but I believe that some people can't be saved and most are not worth the blood of one American grenadier.
 
There's wimmins in Special Ops?
 
 Yes, Jim.  Not on the teams, but in the support.   Anybody know if the SOF aviation includes female crew?
 
MM - they were there as part of a UN demining operation.  Perhaps the angst is better pointed at the UN?  I don't know the details, I'm just riffing.
 
Not much angst, really, but a thought.  How many pirates were killed?  Seems like an opportunity to thin the herd a bit.

The demining effort is, indeed, a worthy cause.  I'm glad the techs were safely rescued.
 
Apparently nine bad guys are KIA. I have my (many) differences with our pres, but I will give him credit for being willing to act decisively on this, the Bin Laden raid, the rescue of the skipper of Maersk Alabama. Of course, the big Out Foxtrot Standing goes to the people that went in.
   
May they all look like Nancy Pelosi, Peace Be Unto Him.
 
"The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice. This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people."

Unless, of course, the abductors, captors, and threats are Iranian -- in that case those cases, we launch the Sternly Worded Message.

 
Not entirely Bill ... they might get rescued just in time for the next State of the Union Address.