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>> Friday, April 10, 2009

Weakness or Strength?
--Neal Boortz, April 10, 2009

The United States tells them not to do it. The useless United Nations tells them not to do it. They do it. It has been five days since North Korea launched a missile capable of reaching Hawaii. What is America's response? What is the international response? The silence is deafening. What are we showing here? Weakness or strength?

The mad man that runs Iran is bragging that they now have 7000 centrifuges up and running making enriched nuclear weapons-grade fuel. He also brags that they have developed a technology that enhances the enrichment progress. At the same time the Iranian president continues to say that Israel's days are limited. In the meantime Vice President Joe Biden warns Israel that they had better not even think about attacking Iran. No strong warning to Iran. What are we projecting here, strength or weakness?

The Islamic pirates continue to hold an American hostage off the coast of Somalia. We're talking, not acting. So far I have not heard about any search for the pirate mother ship and there's no talk of blockading Somalian ports. The pirates may well end up with millions of dollars and safe passage to Somalia where they will release their American hostage. Strength or weakness?

The American the ragtag Islamic pirates are holding tried to escape. He dove out of the boat and into the water and tried to get away. Our Navy was standing off and not close enough to help him. The Islamic pirates overtook him and took him into custody again. This man tried to escape in full view of American forces. They were either unable or unwilling to help him. Perhaps the American Captain thought that when he was out of the pirate's boat the Navy would blow them away. Didn't happen. Strength or Weakness?

America - once strong, now cowering.

Change you can believe in?


BenT - the unbeliever,  April 10, 2009 at 4:39 PM  

Because obviously when the captured captain dove overboard it was Pres. Barack Obama who made the call to attack the pirates or not. Yes?

Or maybe it was that upon the moment of his inauguration every career military officer was immediately infected with his personality traits?

Or perhaps Neal Boortz thinks the response might be different if they were catholic pirates?

Don't be a sheep!

Al-Ozarka April 12, 2009 at 7:57 AM  

"Because obviously when the captured captain dove overboard it was Pres. Barack Obama who made the call to attack the pirates or not. Yes?"


It WAS his call. He sets the rules of engagement in these situations. Had there been a special-forces team ready like there should have been...and WOULD have been under a competent C-in-C...the good Captain would be home sipping iced-tea right now!

Don't be an apologist for your faux-messiah, BenT.

Eric April 12, 2009 at 12:48 PM  

What's to keep the captain--any captain --of a US Naval ship to send a light craft over to the pirates to ostensibly parlay with the pirates while a SEAL team slips into the water, swims under and to the far-side of the pirates lifeboat to "take charge" of the situation?

A command from president Barack Obama. He's too afraid a few Muslims will get hurt and damage America's image in the eyes of both the Muslim and Non-Muslim worlds. The man is a coward. Just like Jimmy Carter. Just like Bill Clinton. Just like a Democrat.

Jim April 12, 2009 at 4:07 PM  


Keep up with the news.

Obama successfully solved this "crisis".

Eric April 13, 2009 at 6:59 AM  

Yes, I saw that. I didn't turn any news on till after church yesterday, around 3. So imagine my surprise that Obama and I we're thinking along the same lines. Though, to be fair, Obama issued standing orders to engage "if". It was likely the Navy that decided the method. Still, Obama deserves some credit on this one.

Obviously he's NOT too afraid a few Muslims will get hurt. He has yet too prove he's not a coward, however. But! He did take a noticeable step away from Jimmy Carter. And for that, he's to be congratulated.

You did good, Mr. President.

Jim April 13, 2009 at 10:32 PM  


Congratulations for a civil post. Amazing we can pretty much agree on something. That said:

It was likely the Navy that decided the method. Would you want it any other way?

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