Tweet Cargo Ship Liberty Sun Fired On By Somali Pirates
As Proof Of The Timidity of The Obama Administration, I Offer The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post is one of the more liberal offerings out there, and while the snippet from an article below is not an overt criticism of the Obama administration (it never would be), the last entry addresses the problem with the (lack of) foreign policy we have now. It is that Obama "vowed" to stop this violence, vowed to address North Korea, vowed to address the Iranian nuclear situation, vowed to address the dangerous trend of increasing Taliban activity in Pakistan, etc. Well, you get the idea. Many vows, no details.
The frightening facts are that this wordsmith was able to mesmerize the American public (or at least a small majority of it) during a campaign and media blitz that promised Change. Little did we know that the change would be an increase in government control and a drop in the way we are perceived around the world.
While it is true we are now one of the good guys that the other G-20 and NATO countries like to hang out with, it seems as if there is no longer a large concern around the world that we will take any action to defend or protect our interests.
I ask again where our foreign policy is. Where our Secretary of State is. Well today we heard from her, and it was just more of the empty rhetoric of the administration talking to a country that is more anarchy than government. Here it is:
"...Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for authorities in Somalia to act against land bases that pirates use to attack ships and said the U.S. will seek ways to track and freeze assets of the brigands.
Clinton said she has assigned a team of U.S. diplomats to press the Somali government and leaders of Puntland, a semi- autonomous region in Somalia, to take action against the land bases.
The U.S. wants “to know what the Somali government, what tribal leaders, who perhaps would not like to have the international community bearing down on them, would be willing to do to rid their territory of these pirate bases,” she said..." (Bloomberg) Whoa.
The one thing I don't have to ask is where President Obama is, because I need only turn on my T.V. to see him giving another dour speech on the economy placing the blame for all of the worlds ills on the "failed policies of the last 8 years."
Now to The Huffington Post quote on the mentality of the pirates/terrorists:
"...The brigands are grabbing more ships and hostages to show they would not be intimidated by President Barack Obama's pledge to confront the high-seas bandits, according to a pirate based in the Somali coastal town of Harardhere.
"Our latest hijackings are meant to show that no one can deter us from protecting our waters from the enemy because we believe in dying for our land," Omar Dahir Idle told The Associated Press by telephone. "Our guns do not fire water. I am sure we will avenge."
Now that it seems to be open season on U.S. flagged vessels, how about some teeth behind the vows.
On Monday, Obama vowed to "halt the rise of piracy" without saying exactly how the U.S. and allies would do it..."(The Huffington Post) Whoa.