This is one weird story in my head:
As far as I can figure out, the president of the United States approved a (alleged) Navy SEAL operation on behalf of a foreign government. Why Libya could not conduct its own action is not clear. Does the United States routinely recapture pirated ships? In international waters? Does the president generally lend his name -- and, implicitly, the name of the United States -- to such actions?The US has taken control of a tanker full of oil loaded from a rebel-held port in Libya, the Pentagon says.The raid by Navy Seals took place in international waters south of Cyprus, said Rear Adm John Kirby....Adm Kirby said the operation had been authorised by President Barack Obama and that no-one had been hurt.
I suspect, but don't know, that the SEALs involved were a part of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the president's shadowy personal hit squad that took down Osama bin Laden. Kirby fronts for JSOC. JSOC's nature and purpose and command structure is so murky that even Wikipedia suggests that more clarity would be useful: "This article's introduction section may not adequately summarize its contents."