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NYT Crows: Pirates Shows US Power Limited

From an ecstatic New York Times:

Karen Williams, left, and Carol Coggio tied ribbons at the home of Capt. Richard Phillips, the pirates’ hostage, in Underhill, Vt.

Standoff With Pirates Shows U.S. Power Has Limits

By MARK MAZZETTI

April 10, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Indian Ocean standoff between an $800 million United States Navy destroyer and four pirates bobbing in a lifeboat showed the limits of the world’s most powerful military as it faces a booming pirate economy in a treacherous patch of international waters.

Driven solely by economic gain, not politics or religion, the band of pirates who captured an American merchant ship’s captain on Wednesday are an unconventional foe for the American military. In recent years, they have shrewdly extorted millions of dollars from international shipping companies; to help negotiate the captain’s release, the Navy turned for advice on Thursday to an F.B.I. hostage rescue team, practiced in a patient approach.

“This is strictly for the money,” said Ken Menkhaus, a Somalia expert at Davidson College. “They are not taking the cargo, and they are not interested in killing people.”

He added, “It’s a business model that has proven very effective for them.”

The standoff continued Friday, when a Somali pirate from the gang that is holding the captain said that the group would fight if attacked by the U.S. Navy, Reuters reported from Mogadishu.

‘‘We are safe and we are not afraid of the Americans,’’ one of the pirates, who was not identified by name, told Reuters by satellite phone, speaking on behalf of the men holding Capt. Richard Phillips on the lifeboat. ‘‘We will defend ourselves if attacked,’’ he added.

While surveillance aircraft kept watch on the pirates and their captive, the Navy task force that had steamed more than 300 miles to go to the captain’s aid showed no sign of confronting the pirates. There is no evidence, experts say, of any links between the pirates and Islamic militants in Somalia, and officials said it was unlikely that the United States would strike directly at pirate sanctuaries along the Somali coast, even though the American military has fired missiles within Somalia several times in recent years at suspected operatives of Al Qaeda

Gen. David H. Petraeus, the head of United States Central Command, said Thursday that two additional ships would be sent in coming days to the region around the Gulf of Aden and the coast of Somalia, to augment an international naval armada that had tried in vain to secure thousands of square nautical miles of sea.

The gulf, one of the world’s busiest and most important shipping lanes, is patrolled by an anti-piracy flotilla from the European Union and an American-led coalition of ships, plus warships from Iran, Russia, India, China, Japan and other nations…

The New York Times never misses a chance to take the side of our enemies (and, indeed, the enemies of civilization).

And they never pass up a chance to see limits to our military power.

And yet the same New York Times never sees any limits on the powers or responsibilities of the Federal Government?

By the way, note that The Times’ approved reaction to having our citizens taken hostage by Muslims is to put yellow ribbons around trees.

It was ever thus.

  Update!

From a relieved MSNBC:

Pirates recapture U.S. hostage after escape bid

Navy officials watch as sailor jumps off drifting lifeboat, NBC News reports

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The American sailor being held hostage by Somali pirates managed to jump off the lifeboat overnight but was recaptured, NBC News reported Friday.

Captain Richard Phillips tried to swim away before being taken back into the pirates’ custody, NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski told the TODAY show.

The escape bid was witnessed by the U.S. Navy but happened too quickly for them to come to his aid.

The lifeboat was drifting at sea after running out of fuel, and the pirates have vowed to fight any attack by U.S. naval forces stalking them at high sea.

"We are not afraid of the Americans," one of the pirates told Reuters by satellite phone on behalf of the gang holding Phillips in the Indian Ocean. "We will defend ourselves if attacked."

Apparently Captain Phillips doesn’t have much faith in the ministrations of Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton.

Who can blame him?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

35 Responses to “NYT Crows: Pirates Shows US Power Limited”

  1. catie says:

    Wow, isn’t it interesting that when 43 was in the pirates didn’t pick an American flagged ship to takeover. However, this man has been in less than 100 days and here we are. Let’s hope that they still just want money and not death but it wouldn’t surprise me that if the terrorists see this as an opportunity. How nice of the Slimes to approve of the yellow ribbons because they despise them when it pertains to those who serve their country in military uniform.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Too bad the US Navy can’t exhibit a up close and personal show of “Firepower” at their home office. I feel the price of one Tomahawk Cruise missile is in compliance with keeping the public informed on the substancial “Cause & Effect” of a world SuperPower!!

    Overkill?
    NAAAAAW!!!

  3. retire05 says:

    This is absolutely disgusting. Captain Phillips manages to get away, but there were no SEALs in the water to rescue him. Instead, Hillary has sent the FBI, who has no authority in international waters, to “negotiate” with four scum bags.

    Four.

    This is one man. With four slugs. And the Obamanation can’t deal with them? What the hell is going on? Is Obamanation afraid he will piss off Somolian government, being they are Muslims?

    Why is this even still going on? Are you telling me that we can’t get four SEAL snipers close enought to those four slugs to take them out and rescure the Captain?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Not with our “touchy, feely” regime in Washington.

    • jrmcdonald says:

      Those are not earth quakes in California; it’s Reagan spinning in his grave.

    • AConcernedCitizen says:

      I approve of the sentiment, but I just don’t think its necessarily practical. From what I had heard about the situation, the lifeboat is enclosed with the ports shut, meaning that you cannot see into the structure. Its hard to hit something that you can’t see, especially shooting from one ship into another (both platforms are moving). And right now, the emphasis is on ensuring the safety of the captain, which is something that FBI negotiators are trained to do. There’s plenty of time to work out the situation…the pirates are in a ship with no fuel in the middle of the ocean. They’re not going anywhere. The real interesting scenario will be after the situation is resolved…how are the pirates treated? How do we prevent future events from happening?

    • canary says:

      Concerned Citizen/And right now, the emphasis is on ensuring the safety of the captain, which is something that FBI negotiators are trained to do.

      I’m not sure the FBI are in their element. Maybe the terrorists are asking for a fully armed war ship and a few hours start. In return they’ll throw the captain overboard.

      Concerned Citizen/The real interesting scenario will be after the situation is resolved…how are the pirates treated? How do we prevent future events from happening?

      Just curious, how do you think the situation will be resolved? How do you suggest the pirates be treated?, How do you suggest we prevent future events from happening? How do you think this present situation could have been prevented?

  4. U NO HOO says:

    “Somolian government”?

    There isn’t one as I understand it.

    No enemy and we can’t win the skirmish?

    It is Good Friday and I just thought of Elian Gonzalez.

    ” ” ” ” ” ” ” ” ” the Kennedys and their bar hopping and rape trial.

  5. Colonel1961 says:

    NYT bed-wetters. It shows our almost-unlimited patience…

  6. caligirl9 says:

    Four “pirates” are not more powerful than four military snipers with high-powered rifles pointed at the heads of those scuzzbuckets.

    Mission accomplished.

    Who gives a rat’s arse if the US pisses off Somalia? Instead, TOTUS and his band of pacifist weenies is trying to negotiate with people who have nothing to lose. You don’t negotiate with people like that. You just do what you need to do. The pirates are criminals, plain and simple. There have been no negative consequences for them at all, with shipping companies acquiescing to their demands.

    This could have been stopped a long time ago. Simply put, the captains and the crews of those ships MUST have access to arms, period. See a bunch of pirates coming your way, blow ’em out of the water. Eventually they will learn this is not an acceptable occupation.

    So very simple…

    • GL0120 says:

      Damn straight Callgirl!
      Surround the damn raft and four snipers fire at once, game over.
      Screw Somalia, there’s no government, it’s pure anarchy.
      If Obammy had any balls whatsoever, he’d kill the pirates and shell the harbor just for sh**s and giggles!
      I’ll guarantee you that this piracy nonsense would end and end quickly.

  7. proreason says:

    Does anybody believe that there would be “limits” to American power in this instance if George Bush or Ronald Reagan were in power?

    • caligirl9 says:

      I believe this whole incident would be in the history books already, or might not have happened at all. U.S.-registered freight ships would have been strongly advised to arm themselves after the first “pirates” popped up (?) last summer.

  8. pdsand says:

    We don’t need to be asking why our imperial racist military isn’t killing brown and black people. We need to be asking ourselves what element of American foreign policy has forced these poets and philosophers into piracy. And what we can do to provide them a social safety net so that they don’t have to go out and put themselves in harm’s way just to feed their families.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      You tink “BlackBarry Da Pirate” will have a answer to dat?
      He be havin’ da answer ta everyting else!!

  9. wstuga says:

    Fox News made a great point yesterday. All of our enemies are watching how the Dolt handles this crisis. Before 9/11 standard operating procedure for an airline highjacking was to stay in your seat. Let the high-jacker land the plane at an airport of his choosing, and then the negotiations would begin. Now, a high-jacker will have angry passengers to deal with.

    Move to our current crisis. Pirates are seeing that instead of SEAL teams storming to the life raft, we are gonna negotiate. This is just the beginning.

    • proreason says:

      “Pirates are seeing that instead of SEAL teams storming to the life raft, we are gonna negotiate. This is just the beginning.”

      You are right, but they didn’t need this incident to see The Moron’s colors.

      The world is about to experience more trouble than it’s seen in a long long time.

      The US as well.

    • Odie44 says:

      So true – add in the “failure to fund pilot’s carrying firearms” – and well you spelled out the dangerous present and future situation Bambi and his followers have “hoped and changed”

      I suggest we pay the $2M ransom, secure the Capt. – THEN let the artillary barrage begin.

      Of course the bumbling of Clinton in Somalia led to the “hands off” nature of Somalia. But a feather in our cap – China has as much vested interest in ships traveling with cargo as everyone else in the world, hence their presence in the region and I believe will just look away as we do the noble work.

  10. RightWinger says:

    If the SEALS took out the pirates, windbag John Murtha would probably accuse them of being murderers, shooting down innocent people in cold blood.

    Lil Barry has been laughed at by the Taliban, shown up by North Korea and now the Pirates have this country frozen in its tracks. Russia and China are just salivating, biding their time until Lil Barry unilaterally disarms us in the name of world peace.

    If I were living in Israel or Taiwan, I would be extremely nervous right now.

  11. Howard Roark says:

    This captain is to be commended for fighting for his escape. He has already given himself to these “pirates” in lieu of safe treatment of his crewmen, which is also to be commended. I sure as hell wish they could carry some armament on those merchant ships. You know those Navy personnel in proximity are chomping at the bit to do their job right now.

    The longer we take Bowing Barry’s approach, the more we embolden our enemies. This coward man-boy is doing immense damage to future USS Cole’s traveling in that region, and around the world. But why should he care about our image around the world? We’re guilty of being “arrogant”, according to this sissy-in-command.

    I agree completely with everyone’s comments here about tactical responses to this situation. People like us itch and ache to rescue this captain and send these four animals to meet their virgins in heaven, yet the company that owns the ship and its cargo is worried about their insurance rates if they don’t pay these jackals’ ransom.

    Weak men in office and in our corporations surround this brave captain and crew. It’s disgusting.

    • DoctorRock says:

      The best I can figure is that we didn’t have enough comparisons to the Carter administration. Why a merchant ship on the high seas can’t be armed escapes me. Perhaps some are afraid they’ll become pirates or something. The human rights issue has nothing to do with these savages. Any time you’re assaulted by an armed band, isn’t it your moral obligation to start shooting? These mooks come straight at you brandishing AK’s and RPG’s so their intent is obvious, and as there’s no deflection involved any halfway decent shot with a Model 70 could handle them.
      But the sad truth is that we’re losing respect around the world. Remember when we had a real president and the Arab world’s number one madman took to dressing like a woman? Now every third world punk is going to try us.

  12. proreason says:

    Perhaps the Moron should show the pirates the same steely resolve he angrily displayed to the N. Korean piss-ant. From the UK’s Gerald Warner:

    “the President wakened in the middle of the night in Prague to be told that Kim Jong-il had just launched a Taepodong-2 missile. America had Aegis destroyers tracking the missile and could have shot it down. But Uncle Sam had a sterner reprisal in store for l’il ole Kim (as Dame Edna might call him): a multi-megaton strike of Obama hot air.”

    read it all:

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/gerald_warner/blog/2009/04/10/barack_obama_president_pantywaist__new_surrender_monkey_on_the_block

  13. Howard Roark says:

    Now every third world punk is going to try us.

    So true, DR.

    Have you heard the latest? The hyenas that have the capt. are getting desperate, claiming to be ready to kill this good American. If they do, of course, nothing will stand between sure destruction of these Muslim animals except for Barack Hussein Obama.

    Latest update: A Somali in contact with a pirate leader said the captors want a ransom and are ready to kill the hostage, Capt. Richard Phillips, if attacked. ( http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D97FNAS80&show_article=1 )

  14. sheehanjihad says:

    It wont happen because we have a weak inexperienced do nothing socialist as a President, but this could be turned around by the US holding the port city the Somalis are using as a base HOSTAGE~! Meaning, release ALL hostages immediately, or the entire city gets smoked. And then DO IT! this is so easily fixed…it’s too bad our Commander in Chief isnt one…….God, the Moron is pathetic…simply appallingly unprepared to lead.

    • proreason says:

      SJ: “simply appallingly unprepared to lead”

      Everything you say is correct and he is the least prepared leader in history. He isn’t prepared to be on the PTA

      …..but it’s a mistake to think the pathetic weakness he has been showing the world is due to lack of preparation. It is absolutely deliberate. He and his handlers intend to bring the US down to the level of everybody else. A powerful US precludes a one-world government, and the puppet-masters don’t want to be controlling a bunch of fragmented countries……they want to control it all.

  15. sheehanjihad says:

    PR…that brings to mind the statement…”not on my watch”.

  16. BillK says:

    I won’t be surprised to see the US Government write the check for $2 million the pirates are currently asking for.

    After all, this operation is now probably “too big to fail.”

    Better yet, $2 million and US citizenship

    Had they dared to do this with Reagan in office, there would be no lifeboat at this point and a battleship would have been sent to the site.

    If the “pirates” wanted to keep up their demands in the face of the USS Iowa, so be it.

    The people I really feel sorry for are the sailors aboard that ship, who are probably pretty upset that they couldn’t help the captain when he escaped not because they weren’t ready, but because their RoI likely explicitly forbid it.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      “Had they dared to do this with Reagan in office, there would be no lifeboat at this point and a battleship would have been sent to the site.”

      BillK,

      That reminds me of when the USS Stark had gotten hit by the 2 Iraqi Exocets and some reporter asked the CO of the USS New Jersey “What would you do if such a thing happened to your ship?” His reply was “I’d get on the 1MC and announce Sweepers, man your brooms.”

      One of the Iowa’s would be tailor made for this situation.

  17. NC Cop says:

    Well, in all fairness, Obama hasn’t even been given the chance to bow to the pirates.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      That is friggin’ hilarious! Make sure to read the related post linked to at the bottom.

    • canary says:

      Al Morone, thanks for the humor. It takes the edge off Obama’s downright rude arrogant response to reporters when questioned about the Captain’s hostage situation.

      http://www.wikio.com/video/1008951

      These muslam Somalic’s practice the Quran, and the reason Obomi is so rude to the reporters is because he has shown more loyality, more support, to these terrorists than he has to the Americans who raised and supported him. Obama has no problem with his regime (his own term describing his followers) and al- though this ship was on their way to aid poor Somalia’s, as these pirates are taking over the horn of Africa, this is what Obama’s wants. He wants the terrorists to win. He embraces them. More money the pirates end up with, the more for Obomie get’s. Obomie seems to be rooting for the axil of evil. If it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, it’s usually a duck.

      This Captain saved 20 of his crew. He acted in the bravery of the motto the Captain puts his men first. Now the terrorists have their own ships on their way.
      No telling how this will end, but my God is an awesome God. I pray a miracle, that those inhuman animals see the might and power of God with their own eyes. I pray this Captain is rescued no matter the cost. Leave no man behind. And then our ships have a right to defend themselves, and destroy every ship of these greedy, murderous, raping pirates. America has got to win back the respect of all the countries who are laughing at America, Obama is laughing right alone with them. He speaks with more love for terrorists than the country who gave him everything he has.
      Bring out the F-22’s Obama just unlawfully put out to pasture to waste $$$. This is their purpose. Obama’s new intelligence chief with 30 years naval experience? All waste.


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