At President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night, he gave Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta a hearty “Good Job” as he was shaking hands before the speech.
Besides the Secretary of State standing close by, few others knew what he was referring to until shortly after his speech, President Obama called the parents of Jessica Buchanan, an American held hostage by Somali kidnappers, that a US Navy SEAL team had successfully rescued her and fellow aid worker, Poul Hagen Thisted.
During the operation, 9 Somalis were killed with zero injuries to the American rescue force or to the hostages.
Special forces decided to mount the raid when they did at least partly because Buchanan’s health was failing, Vice President Joe Biden said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“It just takes your breath away, their capacity and their bravery and their incredible timing,” Biden said of these Special Warfare operators.
The two aid workers from the Danish Refugee Council’s demining unit, DDG, are both unharmed and were reportedly flown to an American base in Djibouti, a small country on the western end of the Gulf of Aden.