U.S. Government Nationalize Fannie & Freddie
The third option was to bail out Fannie & Freddie and its creditors, while wiping out shareholder's equity. While today's takeover by the government won't formally mean that preferred or even common stock holders will immediately loose their money, it will mean so in practice at least for common stock holders (first in line to absorb losses) and probably also for preferred stock holders (second in line to absorb losses).
The decision apparently came after auditors discovered that Fannie & Freddie had cooked the books and that many asserted asset values were inflated well above what honest accounting standards would justify.
Still though, for the foreign governments that have hold stakes in Fannie & Freddie this will likely come as a relief as they have mostly invested in bonds issued by Fannie & Freddie rather than stocks. I'm sure U.S. tax payers will be delighted to know how their tax dollars go to bailing out mercantilist foreign governments.