Obama’s decision to authorize he use of military force to free Phillips, captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, from a band of pirates demonstrated that the new commander in chief will apply American muscle in a crunch.
Telling our military to terminate pirates is a defining moment? I found it a roughly equivalent to telling a batter to swing at the ball. I don’t want to rag on Obama too much, because while he didn’t call the shot, and didn’t set the ROE to allow the shot to be taken whenever the opportunity arose, he did at least allow it in the case of a perceived threat to the hostage. It’s a start, and he did keep his mouth shut during the incident, for which I give him credit, Presidential blather at such times being worse than useless. But articles like this make that a lot harder than it should be.