Thursday, April 9, 2009

Are we sending the wrong signal?

What has happened to America! A US-flagged cargo ship, Maersk Alabama, was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia today. Since the original hijacking, the ship has been returned to the control of the crew and the captain taken hostage. Now reports say that the lifeboat holding a few pirates and the captive captain is dead in the water. Instead of using force to gain the release of the captain, American brass is trying to negotiate with the pirates. WHAT!!!!!

President Obama is going down a slippery slope by negotiating with the pirates. I agree the safety of the captain needs to be taken into consideration. Doesn’t anyone in the State Department understand that every minute the pirates spend in negotiation the resolve of other fringe groups to take Americans hostage around the world strengthens! President Obama needs to send a message that America is not to be messed with and we will not tolerate the hostage taking of any American citizen.

A U.S. destroyer has been reported in close proximity of the lifeless lifeboat that houses the pirates and the captive captain. So close that the actions on the lifeboat can be observed with the naked eye. Someone give the order to put X number snipers on the deck and coordinate the shot. Take out the pirates, free the captain, and send a signal that the United States does not negotiate with terrorist (pirates). President Obama needs to step up and become a leader.