Wednesday, April 08, 2009

This Is A Test

About two hundred miles off the coast of Somalia, a U.S.-flagged freighter has been seized by pirates, in the fifteenth recorded instance of high seas piracy since March 1.

The situation would appear to be a simple one for the American commander in chief – the vessel and crew are American, they were attacked without provocation in international waters, and the attackers are non-aligned with any nation in the world. It would seem a simple matter for Obama to order the Navy and Marines into the area to do the world a favor and eliminate these pirates, and in so doing confirm the precedent that America will defend its own. Less than a week ago, President Obama clearly stated that rules exist for a reason, and North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile required “severe consequences”. Certainly a direct attack on a U.S.-flagged vessel and American citizens deserves as much as a missile test which sent the rocket into the Sea of Japan.

It remains to be seen how President Obama will answer this test.


Anonymous said...

My prodiction is he will jaw-jaw. He has no concept of "America" as we think of it.
Soon we will hear that we provoked it by trying to send food aid to Kenya so close to the territory controlled by the pirates.
The big O may be saved by the actions of the crew, but he still needs to save the captain

pyritedan said...

Sorry "prediction"