Sarkozy Engages Pirates - Obama Ducks Questions?

While four pirates armed with AK47s bobbing in a lifeboat hold a US Navy destroyer at bay, a French commando team storms a sailboat held by pirates and rescues French citizens.  The world truly has gone mad.

According to the BBC, President Sarkozy's office released a statement saying a French sailboat, seized Saturday off the coast of Somalia, was the target of a French commando raid Thursday.  The French sail boat had four adults and one child on board.  According to the release, two pirates and a hostage were killed in the operation and three others taken prisoner.  This is the third time in recent memory French commandos have been used to free hostages held by pirates in the region.

Meanwhile in the USA, when asked about an American being held hostage by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, President Obama refused to answer any questions.  Various reports say Obama has delegated the handling of this incident to high level administration officials and military commanders.

Unlike the pirates killed by French commandos, the pirates holding the American seem emboldened.  There have been various reports today that allies of the pirates holding the American have requested and receiving backup from other pirates.  Several large vessels seized with the last few weeks are heading to the site of a standoff.

The Times of India may have the most succinct description of the standoff between the US Navy and the pirates and its implications.

The Indian Ocean standoff between an $800 million United States Navy destroyer and four pirates bobbing in a lifeboat showed the limits of the world's most power military as it faces a booming pirate economy in a treacherous patch of international waters.

Most historians agree when JFK first met Khrushchev in 1961, JFK's abysmal performance emboldened Khrushchev to make increasingly aggressive moves culminating the Cuban Missile Crisis.  This may be Obama's Khrushchev moment.
While four pirates armed with AK47s bobbing in a lifeboat hold a US Navy destroyer at bay, a French commando team storms a sailboat held by pirates and rescues French citizens.  The world truly has gone mad.

According to the BBC, President Sarkozy's office released a statement saying a French sailboat, seized Saturday off the coast of Somalia, was the target of a French commando raid Thursday.  The French sail boat had four adults and one child on board.  According to the release, two pirates and a hostage were killed in the operation and three others taken prisoner.  This is the third time in recent memory French commandos have been used to free hostages held by pirates in the region.

Meanwhile in the USA, when asked about an American being held hostage by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, President Obama refused to answer any questions.  Various reports say Obama has delegated the handling of this incident to high level administration officials and military commanders.

Unlike the pirates killed by French commandos, the pirates holding the American seem emboldened.  There have been various reports today that allies of the pirates holding the American have requested and receiving backup from other pirates.  Several large vessels seized with the last few weeks are heading to the site of a standoff.

The Times of India may have the most succinct description of the standoff between the US Navy and the pirates and its implications.

The Indian Ocean standoff between an $800 million United States Navy destroyer and four pirates bobbing in a lifeboat showed the limits of the world's most power military as it faces a booming pirate economy in a treacherous patch of international waters.

Most historians agree when JFK first met Khrushchev in 1961, JFK's abysmal performance emboldened Khrushchev to make increasingly aggressive moves culminating the Cuban Missile Crisis.  This may be Obama's Khrushchev moment.