When asked about the kidnapped American captain in a blatant act of war, Obambi replied, "guys, we're talking about housing right now". When not bowing to Muslim kings, he is ducking Muslim pirates.
I am SICK over the ineptitude Obambi is displaying in the taking of an American captain in the latest act of jihadi piracy. The whole thing is a disaster. The corrupt media won't mention jihad, calling the Muslim pirates "outlaws" instead. Outlaws? Are they glamming these militant killers?
The Muslim pirates know who they are dealing with. "We are not afraid of the Americans," one of the pirates told Reuters by satellite phone. They are not afraid of President Hussein. He is afraid of his own shadow. He could not even formulate a response when asked about the hostage crisis.
The media frames his cowardice this way: "Obama Careful, Quiet on Pirate Drama". In that whole article the corrupt media never mentioned Obama's response to a reporter's question about the crisis.
The captain jumped ship - he knows he is on his own. They recaptured him. Nice going, BHO.
Defense officials say that one of the pirates holding an American captive fired an automatic weapon when the hostage tried to swim to safety.
Defense officials say it's not clear whether the pirate fired at the fleeing hostage, or into the air. The officials spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the sensitive, unfolding operation.
The Captain obviously bullets to Obambi.
The opportunity for swift and decisive action has passed. We have a flotilla of pirate ships full of hostages converging on the scene. It's going to be a standoff, and Obambi is not only not up to it, he "respects" the pirates. Robert Tracinski over at TIA daily wrote:
Instead, what is Obama's response? According to a Reuters report from yesterday afternoon, "Obama was asked to comment on the situation several times by reporters at a White House event on refinancing for homeowners. Obama, however, stuck closely to the script and replied that he wanted to remain focused on housing."
This fits Obama's pattern: he is preoccupied with his real priority, which is trying to move us toward socialism at home, and he is indifferent to the job of securing US interests overseas.
From what I can tell, the administration's actions are matching its words: they are non-existent. The news update below describes the ridiculous result: a "standoff between an $800 million United States Navy destroyer and four pirates bobbing in a lifeboat."
As I said yesterday, the solution to piracy has been known and demonstrated for nearly two centuries. Historically, piracy has been defeated by capturing or destroying the ports the pirates rely on as safe havens. For the pirates, there is no point in seizing a large ship if there is nowhere they can take it and hold it while negotiating the ransom, nowhere they can refuel and rearm, and nowhere they can even safely rest and spend their money.
A good BBC report invokes this 19th-century policy and describes the anti-piracy (and anti-slavery) exploits of two famous 19th-century sea captains—Britain's Robert Denman and America's Stephen Decatur.
(Incidentally, if you ever hear a leftist ranting about the supposedly oppressive nature of the British Empire, keep this statistic in mind: "James Walvin notes in his book Black Ivory: 'Between 1820 and 1870 the Royal Navy seized almost 1,600 [slave] ships and freed 150,000 slaves.'")
The BBC report sums up this proven strategy by quoting the succinct advice
given in 1841 by Lord Palmerston: "Taking a wasps' nest...is more effective than
catching the wasps one by one."
Van wrote, "We should have put a SEAL team in the water early on, even before the U.S. Warship arrived, by aircraft, low on the horizon. We should have jammed their communications. They are giving interviews to Reuters, for Chrissakes! SEALs probably would have thrown a stun grenage and teargas in that lifeboat and brought the entire mess to a conclusion. The Marines and Navy soldiers were probably tripping over themselves to volunteer for this mission.
And those 3 pirate towns mentioned in the piece? I would level them. Give them 24 hours to vacate. Period. Do you think Churchill, Eisenhower, or, Patton, especially, would have countenanced this pussy approach. Sorry, but you use that word, too.
And the sentence about the pirates not wanting to be harmed. Now, isn't that rich. America has become a gelding. I am this close to ordering that DTOM Navy Flag and stickers from Gadsen! "
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali pirates holding an American on a drifting lifeboat vowed on Friday to fight any attack by U.S. naval forces and reportedly recaptured their hostage when he jumped overboard to escape.
Ship captain Richard Phillips leapt into the sea, but was quickly brought back, U.S. media said, citing defense sources.
"We are not afraid of the Americans," one of the pirates told Reuters by satellite phone on behalf of the gang holding Phillips far off the Somali coast in the Indian Ocean.
"We will defend ourselves if attacked."
Despite their defiant talk, maritime groups tracking the saga -- the first time Somali pirates have captured an American -- say a more likely outcome is a negotiated solution, possibly involving safe passage in exchange for their captive.
The gang is also seeking a ransom, friends say.
Four pirates have been holding Phillips, a former Boston taxi driver, since Wednesday after a foiled bid to hijack the 17,000-tonne Maersk Alabama several hundred miles off Somalia.
The ship's lifeboat has run out of fuel.
Two boats full of heavily-armed fellow pirates have taken to sea in solidarity with the four on the lifeboat, but are too nervous to come near due to the presence of foreign naval ships including the USS Bainbridge destroyer which is up close.
"Other pirates want to come and help their friends, but that would be like sentencing themselves to death," said Andrew Mwangura, coordinator of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program that monitors the region's seas.
"They will release the captain, I think, maybe today or tomorrow, but in exchange for something. Maybe some payment or compensation, and definitely free passage back home."
Phillips is one of about 270 hostages being held at the moment by Somali pirates, who have been plying the busy sea-lanes of the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean for years.
They are keeping 18 captured vessels at or near lairs on the Somali coast -- five of them taken since the weekend alone.
Yet the fact Phillips is the first U.S. citizen seized, and the drama of his 20-man American crew stopping the Alabama being hijacked on Wednesday, has galvanized world attention.
MOGADISHU, the last giant Democrat president's failure. Bill (cigar, honey?) Clinton went into Mogadishu back in 1993, dealing with the same scourge. He could have routed the jihad in Somalia; instead, he pussied out and left our boys there to die a horrible death.
If Bush Senior hadn't been robbed of the 20% of the vote the pygmy Perot sliced off when he split the Republican party in the 1992 election, Bush would have handled Somalia like a man.
We now know that Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'ida had trained and fought
with Aidid's forces. Bin Laden, recalling the US retreat from Vietnam
and the Reagan administration's retreat from Beirut in 1983 after a
truck bombing killed 243 marines, was convinced by Somali events that
the US retreated under fire.
He then busied himself with saving the jihad in Bosnia and paving the way for an Islamic state in the heart of Europe. Clinton and Carter - their gifts just keep on giving.
Also check out: CAL THOMAS: Pirate Standoff — The Tyrants Are Watching Obama
UPDATE: Had to move Spectre's comment on to the main page:
"Meanwhile Vice Admiral William Gortney, the commander of the US 5th Fleet based in Bahrain, told CNN that negotiations between officers on the Bainbridge backed by FBI experts and the pirates were continuing.
"We have the USS Bainbridge on station currently negotiating with the pirates to get our American citizen back," Gortney told CNN."
Since when did the US military start negotiating with terrorists? We have learned nothing. In the Arab world, the willingness to negotiate is a sign of submission. We have a damn US Navy Cruiser within spitting distance of FOUR pirates in a life boat that is dead in the water. And we have done nothing.
The captain tried to escape and started swimming for the Bainbridge, and we did nothing. No cover fire to aid him in his escape, no boats or divers in the water to repel the pirates, no nothing. They just watched as he was recaptured and hauled back on board.
With the FBI negotiators there, the Obama administration has classified this as a criminal matter, not an act of terrorism (which High Seas piracy is). The FBI is not equipped nor trained to handle pirates, and they have a track record of failing when it comes to dealing with Islamic terror.
We have the ability to jam their communications (that would put an end to their requests for reinforcements). We also have the ability to scuttle their life boat (a small charge placed at the bottom of the lifeboat). We have the ability to blow their reinforcements out of the water. We have the ability to use snipers to coordinate shots on all 4 pirates at once. And we do nothing.
Four Somali pirates in a dead lifeboat have brought the US navy to its knees. The world is watching, and we are failing. All this will do is to embolden attacks on US citizens across the world.