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Oct 20, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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Sorry, I’m going to let the real world intrude on our baseball world here for a minute.  From a report of Muammar Qaddafi’s capture/death today:

A fighter in Sirte has told the BBC his account of the reported capture. Mohammed, a young fighter in his 20s, wearing a blue T-shirt and a New York Yankees baseball cap, said he had found the colonel hiding in a hole in the ground in the city of Sirte.

The young fighter in the Red Sox cap would have gotten him first but he was too busy eating batatan mubatana and drinking tea with a nice reghwet on it back in the fighter guys’ clubhouse.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    I’m sure I’ll regret being this political here (I’m anticipating some halladaysbicepts-type thumbs down), but I find it amazing that under Obama’s regime, after 8 years of Bush warfare failures (and failures in general), while taking out dictators and terrorists left and right, people still won’t get behind Obama.

    In my opinion, he’s one of the best White Sox fans ever, and props to one hell of a Yankee fan as well.

    • kopy - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:19 PM

      I get what you are saying, but it’s not like Obama is personally out there finding these guys and Bush had no luck when he was over there, or the armed forces are fighting harder for Obama than they were for Bush. Both presidents simply gave the “okay” for the defense department to hunt these guys down, and luck was Obama’s lady.

      • kopy - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        That argument mostly applies to Bin Laden. But really, how much credit should the US president get for a Libyan guy named Mohammed in his 20s wearing a Yankees hat finding Qaddafi, and a 18 year old Libyan named Ahmed Shaibani shooting him, no matter who that president is?

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:29 PM

        Good call kopy – usually the guy who’s the head of the US Army would get some props for these successes, but he isn’t. If Bush was manning the Oval Office with bin Laden, Gadhafi, and the other heads of Al Qaeda that have gone down, so many more news outlets would be kissing his feet. For Obama, it’s like he needs to heal the world before he gets any significant credit for anything.

        Like I said, I didn’t mean to open Pandora’s box here and start something on HBT of all places, and for those who don’t like Obama or whatnot, I respect that. No qualms here, really.

        I just am glad that there’s one awesome Yankee fan out there who, as awful as death is in any circumstance whatsoever, and as much as I could never jump for joy over it, still did help to rid the world of one less evil.

      • cur68 - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM

        Speaking from this side of the border, the guy’s the best president you lot have had since I don’t know how long. He’s stuck in a quagmire of debt, wars, and political infighting of which he had nothing to do with creating. The fact that he continues to get the job done over seas, one way or another, probably has something to with listening to experts in military intelligence rather that oil reserve acquisition and pocket lining cronyism. There is no reason Bush couldn’t have done this far more easily except for oil reserve acquisition and pocket lining cronyism. He had the money, no wars, and nearly no opposition after 911 to get bin Laden at least. The fact that your country has the beginnings of a pretty good universal healthcare system is another major step forward and, once again, something Bush could have done far easier. Boggles the hell out of me that anyone sees it any other way. By my guess Obama will not win re-election and you will have another Republican administration nearly identical to the Bush administration (many of the same faces will be back). Good luck when that happens.

      • El Bravo - Oct 20, 2011 at 3:02 PM

        Cur, you’re wrong. You are so damn wrong. No. No. No. NO. NO. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      • Reflex - Oct 20, 2011 at 3:27 PM

        I know the right wingers will blast you for it, but my brother was in Army Intelligence after spending years in the 82nd Airborne, served in both the initial invasion of Afganistan and did two tours in Iraq, and he pretty much says the same thing. When Bush was in charge it was about pacifying populations. If the bad guys dropped into your lap, great, but no real effort was made to hunt them down. They had intelligence on Osama’s movements on a regular basis, but by the time any clearance could be gained to act on that intelligence, he was long gone(he said the typical lag was a week or more).

        He is out of the military since 2007, however his friends still in have told him just how different the focus is now. Its not about nation building, its about getting those who would harm the US. The results of this are obvious to anyone paying attention. It is NOT coincidence that these terrorists and despots are falling. This is the result of a planned foreign strategy to take out those who would harm us. And that is a good thing. Building democracies is better handled via negotiation. Taking out dangerous targets is better handled via intervention or support of those who would do so.

        Obama has been a pragmatist, and he is getting results due to that fact.

      • El Bravo - Oct 20, 2011 at 4:09 PM

        Reflex, that is extremely interesting and fairly surprising to hear. Thanks for sharing.

      • yankeesgameday - Oct 20, 2011 at 4:55 PM

        All bush cared about was saddle hussein. Everything else was just an afterthought.

    • mox19380 - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      While I agree about Bin Laden, and that is a huge achievement for the Obama administration. It sounds like the Lybians were the ones that found Qaddafi’s body.

      more interesting could be is the effects this could have on the middle east. In the past 9 years we’ve seen the fall of 4 very powerful muslim leaders. We legitimately could be in the middle of a changing tide that would bring about true “peace in the middle east”

    • b7p19 - Oct 20, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      Sounds to me like the credit is going right were it should go…Brian Cashman.

    • El Bravo - Oct 20, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      Um, the fact that NATO was the ONLY reason that this rebellion was successful, this win falls almost entirely on Obama and, dare I say it, France. The fairly swift NATO intervention was pushed by these two parties. How soon people forget his speech on the subject. Everything has now come to fruition w/o direct US military intervention. Sure, Obama didn’t personally kill the loony dick, but without him leading the way, Libya would still be in a civil war and the rebels would be getting massacred. This is a win for the Libyan people and a win for the Obama administration (again).

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 20, 2011 at 3:45 PM

        The NATO mission was led by a Canadien General. A lot of missions were flown by Canadian pilots.

      • El Bravo - Oct 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM

        True that. But the two major gruops pushing for this to be a NATO op and getting other countries on board (most importantly an Arab country on board (Turkey)) was the US admin and France.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Oct 20, 2011 at 5:48 PM

        The European portion of NATO appreciates you comments, and will now disband.

  2. thefalcon123 - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Regan finally got him! Good work Gipper!

    • sawxalicious - Oct 20, 2011 at 9:19 PM

      Phil Regan?

  3. yankeesfanlen - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Yankees fans have to otherwise occupy our minds and overpowering espionage abilities in the off-season.

    • cur68 - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      I always knew you had it in you, Len. Did you have to beat the location of the heroine out of him or did he brag about his entire plan when he thought he had the upper hand?

  4. bigleagues - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    All I know is King George is roiling in his grave that the Yankees don’t have a World Series game to fly this kid in to in order to have him throw out the first pitch.

  5. natstowngreg - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    A kid in Libya wearing Yankees merchandise is like a McDonald’s in downtown Beijing. Each is an image of the power of American culture. But really, are the Yankees and McDonald’s the images of American culture we want to project to the rest of the world?

    (sarcasm button)

    • Kevin S. - Oct 20, 2011 at 9:50 PM

      Considering they’re (I think) the two most internationally-recognized brand symbols, I’d say it certainly is the one we’re projecting, whether you want to or not.

  6. illcomm - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    another waste of an article. this does not need to be on a sports post.

    • cur68 - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      Absolutely right illcom; you do not need to be on a sports post. Buh-bye now.

      • El Bravo - Oct 20, 2011 at 2:58 PM

        Thanks for handling Cur. Always on point like a porcupine.

  7. xmatt0926x - Oct 20, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    The overall problem is that with the way our society in general is deteriorating we’ve forgotten to root for America to succeed in general. We are so hateful and jealous of eachother anymore that everyone has to pick a side and just blatantly hate the other side, no matter what. Because of my feelings on this type of issue I’ve always had a hard time picking one side or the other so maybe I can look at things with a little less bias. It just amazes me how easily we pick sides and totally root against the other even though sometimes the other side succeeding is to the benefit of us all in the long run. I don’t care one way or the other about Obama but I always laughed reading comments from republicans 4 months after the guy was elected, screaming that he hadn’t brought the country out of it’s economic woes yet or that he hadn’t ended all the wars yet. In the end, I’m glad to see another terrorist dictator get a bullet up his ass but I’m not so rediculously dumb as to believe that both the high level democratic and republican politicians won’t be spending their days raping the little people as the “have’s” keep lining their pockets. Your eother the hammer or the nail and 99.9999% of us are the nails, no matter who is in office.

  8. xmatt0926x - Oct 20, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    *either

  9. paperlions - Oct 20, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Was it a “Yankees 2011 World Series Champions” hat?

    • b7p19 - Oct 20, 2011 at 2:47 PM

      I almost made a comment about the chance that Cardinals fans are becoming as insufferable as Phillies fans, but then I got your joke.

      That is typically where those hats and shirts end up isn’t it?

      • paperlions - Oct 20, 2011 at 3:15 PM

        Yep. Donated to charities for distribution to people in need in countries that generally don’t follow the sport….they really don’t want such shirts/hats to find their way back to the US. In Paraguay, I got to see all kinds of funny NBA champions gear….mostly teams destroyed by the 90s bulls.

  10. Old Gator - Oct 20, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Now let’s go get Assad. There’s no business too far removed from our business that we can’t stick our noses into it.

  11. cosanostra71 - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Obama is no different than Bush. The only reason we intervened in Libya is because of oil. Syria is just as bad, you don’t see us there. Why? No oil.

  12. skids003 - Oct 21, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Wow, cur68, please stay on your side of the border, wherever that may be.

    • Reflex - Oct 21, 2011 at 7:37 PM

      Hey cur68 –

      Consider yourself invited to my place anytime! Long as you don’t mind the lovely Pacific Northwest!

      • cur68 - Oct 22, 2011 at 6:29 PM

        S’gotta be warmer than most of Canada…which pretty much describes most places in the world. Thanks for the prop ‘flex; I’m too boring to be met in person, though, more’s the pity.

        As for skids; no worries, I’ll be happy to stay here, soon as I get these polar bears off my igloo’s lawn….

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