Monday, April 13, 2009
As President Obama took communion at Easter Service in St. John's Church in Washington, DC, the US Navy did the right thing, saving America's truly heroic Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates who had taken him hostage...
IMHO, This action may be a game-changer in quite a few ways:
First, it helped President Obama differentiate himself from President Jimmy Carter, who saw his administration destroyed by a hostage crisis;
Second, it put an end to the Bush administration's tolerance for piracy;
Third, it has enraged the Somali pirates and their supporters, who have threatened to attack the US again--adding a new dimension to the war against Al Qaeda, which drove America from Somalia in the Clinton administration;
Fourth, it has demonstrated that Obama is willing to use force when necessary;
Finally, it showed the US Navy can do something right, that not every operation bogs down into a quagmire...restoring a modicum of deterrence to a world that may have wanted to see the US as Chairman Mao once called us: "a pitiful, helpless giant."
Not so pitiful, not so helpless, after all.
Well done, Mr. President! We salute you!
BTW, I'm glad you finally got a dog for the girls, too...