The Pirates Call Our Bluff

by Ryan on April 11, 2009

in Blogs,International Relations,Tyranny,War on Terror

To paraphrase Rush from yesterday, America’s reaction to the taking of Captain Richard Phillips Wednesday by Somali pirates is the foreign policy equivalent of voting “Present.”

Now, due to the US waffling and inaction the four Somali pirates on a powerless lifeboat are demanding $2 million for Phillips while a second ship has been hijacked by other pirates.  This time it is an American-owned Italian vessel.  Plus, the original four pirates are now threatening to kill Phillips if there is a rescue attempt. 

See, the pirates had to wait and see the US Navy’s response, which to this moment is literally “present” in that we have warships and helicopters and Navy SEALS ready to pounce in the area, but no will to use them.  They see America’s self-imposed castration over the life of one man as a reason to escalate the situation, which has now started to spread.  Pirates are terrorists who do not value their own lives, let alone their hostages.  Phillips and his crew are brave heroes, and Phillips was completely aware of the sacrifice he made in trading the lives of his crew for his own. 

Yet, the whole world is watching (a phrase our liberal friends love to spit up). What doesn’t bode well is that the language of the Hillary Clinton has shifted from calling them “pirates” (with laughs) to “criminals” to “individuals” since Wednesday.  It should have shifted from “pirates” to “terrorists” to “those four dead terrorists.”  Or updating the new lingo: “pirates” to “man-made disaster makers” to “those former man-made-disaster makers.”  I’d even take that!

This is what we should have done Wednesday: Get close.  Have four snipers at the ready.  Boom.  Get Captain Phillips.  Now it’s too late for that: we’ve shown some of our cards, the enemy senses a weak hand and is raising the stakes.  God, I miss George W. Bush.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Moogie P April 11, 2009 at 1:54 pm

The Young President must’ve left his cojones in Turkey.


Sue April 12, 2009 at 5:46 am

Where’s Jack Bauer when we need him???????????


Ryan April 12, 2009 at 11:27 am

Seriously, Jack would be all over this. Wasn’t he already in Africa, in “Sengala” or something? He could get over there with shadow CTU, wreck the joint with minimal casualties, get Phillips, force the pirates to give up their friends and uncover a much larger plot no one quite saw coming… and all in about 12 hours or so, before breaking up that new danger in East Africa by tomorrow morning!

What’s so important about Jack Bauer is that we love to believe that someone like him is ready to do what it takes to protect our country and our interests. But, like the current season, it feels like the Obama Nation in power would rather prosecute people like Jack rather than allow him to protect us in a grave moment.


Ron Russell April 12, 2009 at 9:25 pm

The captain is free, now only two questions remain. Did the president give the order to shoot or did the Navy get tired of waiting for such an order and take it on itself to do so. And finally will the pirate bases along the coast be allowed to continue their activities, or will the armed forces take some type of action against them. We will just have to wait and see what Barack will do.


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