Cross-posted by Gary Fouse
"Oh, it's a pirate's life for me, a pir...."
It seems like forever since we've been able to feel so good. Too many indignities, too many humiliations, too many instances of the rest of the world spitting in our faces. Today, our US Navy did us proud, once again underscoring why our military is the most-respected institution in American society. Three snipers took out three pirates as the 4th was taken into custody-and Capt. Phillips was rescued unharmed.
Virtually everyone performed brilliantly, from the heroic actions of Capt. Phillips himself in offering himself up as a hostage for the sake of his crew, to the Navy and FBI hostage rescue team. Praise must also go to President Obama for allowing the Navy to do its job as they were trained to do.
It is now up to the civilized world to set to the task of rescuing the 250 some odd hostages who remain in the hands of this scum on Somalia's shores and ending this scourge once and for all. One way or another, these pirates' existence has to be terminated.
It will be interesting to see who second-guesses our actions or remains mute. Surely, there must be some hand-wringers in the UN who will suggest there might have been another way to rescue Capt. Phillips without killing the three pirates. What will Code Pink or Cindy Sheehan have to say?
This week's test of President Obama's will has been resolved positively. Further tests lie ahead, and hopefully, this event will set the pattern for his foreign policy vis-a-vis piracy and terrorism.