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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Pirates Update

Here's the latest on the Somali pirate situation, via the AP. While details are still sketchy or just plain lacking, it appears that the ship's crew did overpower the pirates and is steaming away minus the captain. The captain appears to be adrift in a lifeboat with a number of pirates holding him hostage. There's a rumor running about that the captain gave himself up to keep the crew safe. How this relates to the crew's resistance doesn't seem to be known. The FBI and military are currently negotiating with the pirates for the captain's release.

A rather interesting line: "It was the first such attack on American sailors in about 200 years." My question is, do you think it will be the last in Biden's safer world?


  1. We have known all along that every tin-pot dictator would gleefully test the U.S. under Obama; it now seems after Obama's various pledges that any garden-variety Islamic thug feels perfectly comfortable doing so. All that's needed is two or three buddies with automatic weapons, a boat, and a grappling hook to board a U.S. vessel.

    I find the choice of a U.S.-flagged vessel headed for Obama's ancestral homeland a very interesting comment on just how threatening Obama looks to these people.

    Hillary is calling this act of piracy a "criminal action." And a U.S. destroyer is standing by waiting, apparently, for these pirates to run out of water and give themselves up.

    If that means that these pirates are to have benefit of the U.S. justice system (with many special protections for terrorists), I fear that Americans are not going to feel safe traveling the high seas for a long, long time.

  2. Certainly won't be the last!

    I say send in the SEALS and get that captain outta there!