From the sea captain rescue, a learning experience for Barack Obama?
I love good news. In this case, it’s from the piracy front. Three Somali pirates are no longer polluting the gene pool, one more has been captured and, most importantly, Capt. Richard Phillips is safe and sound, all thanks to some phenomenal shooting by Navy SEAL snipers on a rolling ocean at night . . . and thanks to a great decision made not once but twice by President Barack Obama.
This was a prime example of a president–not a Democrat president or a Republican president–doing exactly what needed to be done for a given situation. For the first time in Obama’s fledgling presidency, I can say, “Bravo, Mr. President. Job well done.”
I like that, and I hope it happens more often. Perhaps, say, with regard to the economy.
Regardless, Obama’s good decision was in sharp contrast with the decision made by New Jersey Congressman and Congressional Black Caucus chairman Donald Payne, who was fired upon by Somalis as he went to the country to visit with its leaders, much like other members of the Congressional Black Caucus broke bread and heaped love upon Cuba’s Fidel Castro last week. The only difference, of course, is that Cuba actually has a government, whereas Somalia, in a period of anarchic turmoil, has no stable government to speak of and barely an economy beyond piracy.
President Obama made a difficult but correct decision based upon the facts at hand — kidnapped American in mortal danger, perhaps the world’s most elite fighting force on a boat a few hundred yards away, and a gaggle of worthless pirates standing in the way of the American’s freedom. He ordered the shots. He did the right thing. Plain and simple. And he’ll continue to do the right thing for America and for the world if he takes a serious look, as Bloomberg is reporting, of attacking the hornet’s nest and stamping out some bugs.
Rep. Payne, on the other hand, was so divorced from reality as to think that the barely-there interim Somali government could itself fight the burgeoning, $100 million piracy industry, not only in time to save Capt. Phillips, but in a fashion effective enough to quell the problem at the root of the kidnapping. Essentially, Payne asked a child with a thermometer to stop a hurricane, and for his trouble was fired upon by anarchists.
This is indeed the tale of two, far-left Democrats. One, the Congressional Black Caucus chairman, wanted to essentially negotiate with people who had no power and even less authority. The other, the president, knew enough to abandon hope in his standard, detente-at-all-costs approach to foreign policy and did the right thing at the right time.
Bravo, Mr. President. Now, I hope you can look at your decision-making process, and the end result, and apply what you’ve learned to the way you want to deal with the bigger problem in Tehran.