Will Somali Pirates be the al Quaeda of the Obama Administration?

@Taskr36 (13923)
United States
April 11, 2009 12:56pm CST
It seems that over the last 6 months or so pirates have become a much bigger problem. Now for the first time they have attacked a US ship with an all American crew and after being thrown out, took the captain hostage. They are now locked in a standoff, which is a bit pathetic I think. To date Obama has not said a word and has not cared enough to contact the family of the captured captain. Now is the time for him to show the world he is strong. Do you all remember Joe Biden's words? "Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy." http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/10/biden-to-suppor.html This is it. This is a generated crisis. This will show the world how Obama deals with threats to our people. So far, it's been three days and we have yet to hear a single word from Obama. Does this concern anyone? Will he make a statement or is he going to quietly hide and wait for the situation to work itself out? Will he take a stand against these pirates, or will he let them run the show just like all the other pathetic world leaders have done? Does anyone else miss the days when pirates were captured and hung publicly off the coastline to discourage others from that same lifestyle?
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@PrarieStyle (2486)
• United States
11 Apr 09
I heard today that the U.N. is watching the situation so that the lol, human rights of the pirates aren't abused. I suspect that hopefully we will get him back and it will be business as usual in that area. Don't expect any military strikes or any consequences in that area. They are talking about putting electric fences around the sides of the ships, which is a great idea if you ask me. They will be in for the shock of their lives if they try to take over one of those ships.
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• United States
12 Apr 09
Taskr, do you know why the attacks have increase over the last six months? Because, the pirates are fisherman, and this is the off season for them, so this is what they do. This is the same thing that happened last year, these men are not terrorist, they are fisherman. This is not the international crisis that Biden was talking about. If you look at the past you will see that world wars are started by violating international law. Obama is doing the right thing by not saying anything about this. How do you know we aren't doing something about it?
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
12 Apr 09
Wow debater... you'll defend anything Obama does won't you? So you think it's best that he completely ignore the fact that an American citizen is being held hostage by foreign nationals? You think it's the "right" thing to do to not even say a word to the poor guy's family? Is it "right" to spend more time lying about bowing to the Saudi king than to deal with an attack on American citizens? I can't believe you are defending these pirates by saying this is just an offseason activity. Is that how you feel about some guy who commits armed robbery 6 months out of the year? Tell you what. Imagine you're president. In all your left wing extremism what exactly would you do to deal with the current situation? How exactly would you resolve this and would you bother to make a public statement or at least a phone call to the hostage's family?
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• United States
12 Apr 09
Taskr, I am not defending these pirates by saying they are fisherman, I am just point out the facts. How do you know what is going on behind the sense in Somalia? I remember durning the KGB years (also knowns as the Bush years) we were told to trust our government, and don't ask questions. They said they knew what they were doing. Should we tell our enemies what we are doing? Yes, the president of the United States should care if an citzen is taken hostage, but do you know how many Americans are taken hostage every year in other countries around the world? Hundreds according to the CIA, and yet the president doesn't know about the vast majority of them. These pirates need to be stopped, but doing so can touch off a major international crisis that could lead us to war when the world knows that we can't fight three wars at the same time. So Taskr, please explain to me what war we should stop fighting so we can send those men and women to somalia?
• United States
12 Apr 09
Taskr, you are wrong as usual, and the latest news off of the wire has proven it. What I ment by "How do you know what is going on behind the sense in Somalia, pointing toward what the US Government is doing there, not the government of Somalia. And as you have seen from the latest news: I was CORRECT. How do you know that Obama didn't contact the family of the captain? Does he really have to tell you personally Taskr? Obama doesn't have to comment on every new article written, or any news story that has kept the attention span of the US media. The right wing wacko's attacked Bill Clinton for doing that, and are now attacking Obama for not doing it. Taskr, have you forgoten your history lessions? Many wars have been started by conflicts in international waters. Taskr, are you saying that we should send troops into Somalia from Iraq, or should we send them from Afganistan? Which country do you want to move the resources from? I noticed you didn't answer my question, and thought I would give you a second chance. Taskr, the reason I said this is the same thing that happened last year is because it is. The difference is that more fisherman have seen how much money these other countries are paying and have decided to get in on the act. If you look at the facts of this, you will see they increase during the off season of fishing and go down dramticly during the fishing season. You said earlier that all of these countries have sent war ships to stop the pirates, but they continue to attack these boats at will. You can't use huge battleships agains small boats, they are to fast to hit, and they can go in and out of international waters providing them security from these ships. You have to understand international law to understand how these pirates are doing this. And you don't Taskr.
• United States
11 Apr 09
Pirates in Africa have been a problem for many many years, and it doesn't surprise me that it is an issue that has only been gaining recognition recently. In my opinion, this isn't and issue of "what is Obama going to do about this", it's an issue of "how much longer will we ignore the worsening situations in many African countries". I'm sure Obama will take the same route as Bush did when it comes to Africa: ignore it because there's more pressing issues at hand. It's really lose/lose at this point.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
11 Apr 09
I know you're new here, so I won't ream you. All I'm going to say is that regarding Bush and Africa, you have no idea what you're talking about. He has done more for Africa with building infrastructure, sending aid, and working on AIDS research than any leader in the history of the world. Before you argue with me on this, do a bit of research. You should also read up on how George H.W. Bush worked hard and sent troops to Somalia in an effort to stabilize the nation in the early 90's.
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
11 Apr 09
The 0bamunist doesn't know how to handle this. Most likely he will try to appease them will waiting for the situation to work itself out. If history is any indication, he will excuse their actions saying it was brought on by poverty and American imperialism. He should do like Jefferson did and send in the Marines to clean out their little nest... but he won't. Yes, I miss the days when pirates were quickly hung for their crimes when they were caught.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
12 Apr 09
He'll just blame Bush. That's all it takes.
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• United States
12 Apr 09
I really don't think it's nearly as large as an issue as something like, say, 9/11...
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
12 Apr 09
No, but neither were the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and USS Cole that preempted 9-11. If the US had taken a stand when those happened 9-11 may have been prevented. You have to stop this kind of garbage when it starts, not after thousands are killed or our nation becomes the number one target for extortion.
• Janesville, Wisconsin
12 Apr 09
Gee Be Creative Give them 1 million dollars of counterfeit money with RFID chips to track them all the way back to their homes.. Deal with it that way.. find out who they really are... - DNatureofDTrain
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
12 Apr 09
No, that would be far too easy and sensible. So far the European technique of giving them what they want and hoping they stop has been working so well. Why change strategies now?