Pirates Closer to Our ShoresHelp!
All Americans breathed a sign of relief when news broke of the U.S. Navy Seals rescue of the Maersk Alabama captain from terrorist pirates off the Somalia coast.Whoa, okay. Calming down. That rescue was something else.
Unfortunately, there are other pirates - much closer to our shores – who are insidiously more dangerous.AAAAHHHH! Scared again!
Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, had volunteered himself to free one of his crewmen who had been taken hostage by the pirates. The standoff that followed went on for five days as the pirates demanded $2 million dollars ransom to free the captain and the American-registered container ship.It was so suspenseful that I'm repeeing my pants!
President Obama handled that situation well by not handling it directly. He authorized and left the pirate situation in the hands of the U.S. Navy, who brilliantly managed and resolved the hostage situation off Africa.Sigh of relief. Whew.
But closer to home, the real-life “Pirates of the Caribbean” are more difficult for Mr. Obama. That’s because Mr. Obama is more directly involved, and he has not gotten off to a good start.What? IS OBAMA A PIRATE HIMSELF?
One reason, of course, is that these “pirates” are not fictional Hollywood movie characters. Rather, they are real and, as most Americans have figured out, they are highly-experienced, unsavory characters. As we have seen over the years, each of them has been idolized by a number of Hollywood actors whose personal political character is shallow at best.Oh. I see. IT IS A METAPHOR.
Caribbean Pirates Hugo Chavez and the brothers Castro have already hijacked the Obama ship of state [...]