Obama's Decisions

>> Monday, April 13, 2009

"A weak man has doubts before a decision, a strong man has them afterwards." ~ Karl Kraus

Finally, after five days and numerous requests from the media for some reaction, any reaction, to the Somali Pirates taking an American ship captain hostage on the high seas, Barack Hussein Obama threw caution to the winds and ordered the Navy to use lethal force if necessary to secure Captain Richard Phillips' release.

The Navy, in turn, wasted little time in following these orders, which leads me to ask one seminal question:

What took him so long?

Does Obama not realize it is the United States official position to never negotiate with anyone who takes hostages?

Here is the process (I think) by which this thing transpired:

Obama, ever the attention seeker, initially, and as usual, wrongly, thought this little crisis was not worth taking his time to bother with, especially since finally deciding on a family dog was certainly a more important decision for him to make.

However, after news media continued to press him for some reaction to the situation, on which, I might add, he refused to answer, he sought the council of his advisors to help him decide which would be the better course of action. That course would necessarily be whatever action would garner him the most accolades from his adoring fans in the media (Which is practically all of the media, excluding some Fox news commentators and, of course EIB).

Probably, someone whispered to him, "You really should consider taking some strong action to resolve this matter. MSNBC is even starting to question your decision making skills."

Naturally, not wanting to jeopardize his long time loving relationship with Chris and Keith, he decided to give the matter a little more than just cursory consideration.

So, after days of carefully considering how the rest of the world might judge him, he reluctantly conceded the fact that something more forceful than shaking his fist at the pirates might be in order.

After five days, in which Captain Phillips' life hung in the balance, Obama finally issued an order, not to finally end this thing with extreme prejudice, but to use lethal force only if considered absolutely necessary to avoid further risk to the captain's life and/or Obama's political career.

The Commander of the USS Bainbridge interpreted this devastatingly forceful order as permission to send the scumbags to Davy Jones' locker. In a split second decision, as soon as one of the pirates made the fatal mistake of playfully pointing his rifle at the captain's head, the order to fire with intent to kill was issued, and the pirates were quickly and efficiently dispatched to cavort with their seventy-two virgins.

Problem solved, and in less than a minute, too.

Oh, I love things when they zip along!

Let me add here, that I applaud Obama for at last doing something right.

It's just a shame we had to wait for him to decide if such an order was politically expedient first.

Otherwise, the crisis would have been over the first day.

On a lighter note:

Obama's new dog is a Portugese Water Dog, who the girls promptly named Bo. The fawning news media immediately reported the dog was named for Bo Diddley, the now deceased rock and roller. But I'll bet he is named for Obama himself. After all, BO is Obama's initials, right?

This would fit perfectly with the observation that Barack Hussein Obama is a narcissist.


Marshall Art April 14, 2009 at 1:51 AM  

I'm gonna give Barry kudos on this one for finally pulling the trigger figuratively, so that America's best can do so literally.

I won't judge too harshly anyone who must make a decision regarding life/death actions, assuming that there are options being discussed. Though Somalia isn't really a country right now, but an area of land ruled by assholes, there are still int'l considerations that I think even our ideal president would take into account. In this case, I don't think five days from the episode's start to it's conclusion was too prolonged a period. That's just my opinion. Things only move so fast even in the best of conditions.

That being said, what Barry does now is what we need to monitor. As far as merchant ships originating from US ports, I say they all need to be armed or have some security force on board. I've heard that some ports restrict armed vessels in some manner, but some agreement could be reached, such as "Screw you, we'll take our goods elsewhere." or whatever. OReilly suggested blockade of Somalie ports and armed incursions to break up their pirate and terrorist training camps. But I think if the pirates were simply blown out of the water at the first hint of agresssion, the problem would be solved quickly. Barry needs to vocally support and encourage such things, to our own merchant ships and to those of our allies.

Also, there is some Law of the Sea Treaty (since we're on the subject) that he should roundly reject as it gives up some sovereignty status while on the open seas. In other words, it puts our ships under some intn'l law. Not a good idea.

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