OK, so President Barack Obama didn’t exactly quote Clint Eastwood as one of his predecessors, Ronald Reagan did back in the 80’s (“Make my day.”) but just the same Obama laid to rest any concerns that he might be, let’s just say it, a wuss.
NAIROBI, Kenya – Navy snipers on the fantail of a destroyer cut down three Somali pirates in a lifeboat and rescued an American sea captain in a surprise nighttime assault in choppy seas Easter Sunday, ending a five-day standoff between a team of rogue gunmen and the world’s most powerful military.
I’m not much of a hawk but I’ve been personally waiting with great anticipation for our Navy to blow these clowns out of the water. I was even at a point willing to sacrifice the poor Captain Richard Phillips who found himself taken hostage by the Somali thugs. My attitude has been that the United States will not be held hostage, particularly not by common criminals who don’t even have a political axe to grind. Fortunately, Obama was a bit more restrained than I would have been and ordered that force be used only if the Captain was in imminent danger. When Navy Seals spotted an AK-47 being pointed at Captain Phillips’ back, their snipers fired off shots aiming at the heads of the criminals. They scored three for three and the Captain is now safe and I could not be happier.
Unfortunately, this defiant organization of seafaring thieves has sharpened their rhetoric, declaring the United States an enemy. You know what? I could care less. I hope that we follow the French example from now on. When these delinquents capture our ships and take our men hostage, they should get bullets instead of ransom. We should blow their asses away every time.
It’s hard enough dealing diplomatically with recognized governments who are behaving badly. We don’t have time to be dilly-dallying with petty criminals. My message: When you screw with the United States of America, matey, it will be the last pirate games you ever play.