The Pirates Have A Plan, Does Obama?

U.S. sends more warships to monitor hostage crisis

The United States is sending more warships to monitor a hostage crisis in the Indian Ocean and 450 km off the Somali coast, officials said on Friday.

The guided missile frigate USS Halyburton, with helicopter capabilities, has now joined the guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge in that area, unnamed U.S. defense officials were quoted as saying by CNN.

A third ship, the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, which has a large medical facility on board, will be there within a day.

Two days after the U.S.-flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama was attacked by pirates, the ship’s captain Richard Phillips is still being held by the pirates in a lifeboat.

With the rest of the 21 American crew members on board, Maersk Alabama is heading to Kenya under the escort of a U.S. security team, but the pirates in the lifeboat showed no sign of give-in during the standoff with U.S. warships.

Philips tried to escape from the pirates on Thursday night by jumping out of the lifeboat, apparently trying to swim to the USS Bainbridge, which is in communication with the four pirates in the lifeboat.

Some of the kidnappers jumped into the water, recaptured Phillips, and returned him to the lifeboat, according to U.S. officials.

See also:
More Warships Head to Scene of Hostage American Sea Captain
Officials: Navy has amphibious assault ship ready
1st piracy of U.S. ship in 200 years reveals growing, costly threat
Somali Pirates Attack First U.S. Ship in 200 Years, Hostage Attempts Escape
Standoff with Somali pirates shows limits of naval response
US hostage fails in escape bid from Somali pirates
Somali Pirates Foil Escape, Threaten to Kill American Captain
Somali pirates demand $2 million for release of U.S. ship captain
Clinton says Somali pirates’ lifeboat out of gas
USS Boxer (LHD 4)
LHD-4 Boxer
Home – USS BOXER (LHD 4)
USS Halyburton (FFG 40)
USS Halyburton (FFG-40)

Okay, that’s a nice show of force, but what are the additional ships going to do, besides monitor the situation? We’ve already telegraphed our unwillingness to use force with a hostage involved by letting this standoff fester for three days now.

U.S. Warship Shadows Somali Pirates With Hostage

With one warship nearby and more on the way, piracy expert Roger Middleton of the London-based think tank Chatham House said the pirates were in “a very, very tight corner.”

They’ve got only one guy, they’ve got nowhere to hide him, they’ve got no way to defend themselves effectively against the military who are on the way and they are hundreds of miles from Somalia,” he said.

Other analysts say the U.S. will be reluctant to use force as long as one of its citizens remains hostage.

And the Somalis are looking to take full advantage of our squeamish hesitation. Tight corner? They’re not only unimpressed by the three U.S. warships surrounding their four comrades, bobbing up and down in a powerless lifeboat, they’re demanding a ransom and going on the offensive!

Somali pirates sail German ship to standoff scene

Somali pirates holding foreign sailors on a hijacked German ship are heading towards a lifeboat where they are holding an American captain hostage. It is thought they intend to use the ship as a shield.

A pirate source told Reuters that the pirates are counting on the fact that the Americans will not destroy the German ship in any attempt to rescue Captain Richard Phillips.

Four heavily armed pirates holding the US Navy captain hostage in a lifeboat far off the Somali coast in the Indian Ocean since Wednesday have been communicating with other pirate gangs who are now sailing a hijacked German ship to the site to avoid being attacked should US warships launch a rescue attempt.

It’s unclear which German ship the pirates are sailing towards the lifeboat. The 20,000 tonne container carrier Hansa Stavanger with 24 crew on board, including five German nationals, was captured on April 4.

. . .

“We are not afraid,” say pirates

Two boats full of heavily-armed fellow pirates have taken up position near lifeboat but are too nervous to come near due to the presence of foreign naval ships including US warships.

“We are not afraid of the Americans,” one of the pirates told Reuters by satellite phone on behalf of the pirates holding Phillips, far off the Somali coast in the Indian Ocean. “We will defend ourselves if attacked.”

See also:
Somali Pirates Send More Ships to Area of Standoff with US
Somali pirates move to aid comrades, hostage recaptured
Enemies of All Mankind: Who Can Stop the Pirates?
Obama And The Pirates

So, let’s recap. Three days ago, we were dealing with four pirate terrorists, holding one hostage, floating in a powerless lifeboat and we did nothing. Now, we’re dealing with lots more pirate terrorists, in more ships and boats, sporting a regular international menagerie of previously captured hostages and we’re still doing nothing other than watching them.

It looks like the pirates’ plan is pretty simple. They’re bringing in more of their hostages to use as human shields while they just motor up to the lifeboat and retrieve their buddies and their newest hostage. Then they’ll sail back to port while several U.S. warships just sit and watch the whole thing.

/does Obama have a plan besides voyeurism?


FNC is reporting that the pirate controlled German hostage ship has turned back to port, unable to locate the lifeboat.

Pirates on German ship fail to find U.S. standoff

Pirates on a German ship with 24 foreign hostages said on Saturday they had returned to the Somali coast after failing to locate the scene of a standoff involving an American captive on a drifting lifeboat.

Pirates had hoped to use the hijacked 20,000-tonne container vessel, Hansa Stavanger, as a “shield” to reach fellow pirates holding American ship captain Richard Phillips far out in the Indian Ocean. U.S. naval ships are close to the lifeboat.

“We have come back to Haradheere coast. We could not locate the lifeboat,” one pirate on the German ship, who identified himself as Suleiman, told Reuters. “We almost got lost because we could not find the bearing of the lifeboat.”

They’ll surely regroup and try again.

/we’ll see what happens, but this circus has already gone on way too long already

5 Responses

  1. Easy to answer, NO.
    Can you imagine the drivebys’ letting GWB get away with not answering a question on this situation? But, the 0, he just says, ‘we are talking about housing’ .
    And for goodness sake, don’t wake the 0 in the middle of the night for such silly things as the Somali pirates or N. Korea launching missles, the man needs his beauty rest to run GM and rescue the housing market (so sayeth david rodham gergen: GERGEN: I don’t think he’s trying to do too much on the international front. I question whether they need to get him up in the middle of the night to tell him things when, you know, we knew the Iranian — I mean the North Korean test was coming, for example, I don’t think you have to get him up for pirates or something like that. I think those things can be handled in the morning. On the pirate question, Anderson, using Hillary Clinton out front and not Barack Obama —

  2. Obama is cowardly! He does not know what to do about North Korea and Iran. His inexperience is really showing. And now he doesn’t know what to do about some lowly pirates. All 3 are easy to resolve, but he is to yellow to solve anything. We need a change in leadership fast.

  3. My utter revulsion towards these slime brings a few adjectives to mind: thieves, parasites, losers, scum…sadly, Madoff’s version of the evil motto, “I can simply take what belongs to others, despite me being undeserving or my not working for it” comes in more violent forms.

  4. I can’t even find Bin Laden. how could we possibly take care of the pirate problem. The majority OF Americans don;t ujnderstand why every country in the world continue to let this bunch of thugs hijack every ship they see. This cannot continue to go on. Blow them out of the water as soon as we see them!!

  5. I think Obama does have a handle on it. In my mind he is one of the smartest most gifted presidents we have had in my lifetime.
    Why don’t they just send Navy Seals in underwater, drill a hole in the boat. And sit back and let it sink. You don’t think the pirates would go down with the ship. And with Seals underneath the Captain would be rescued.

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