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How the mighty have fallen

For the first time in 200 years, a U.S. merchant vessel has been taken by pirates. Now, the brave American crew of this merchant vessel, the Maersk Alabama, was able to overpower the pirates and retake the ship – but in the process, the pirates escaped with the captain of the ship, Richard Phillips.

There are many questions this incident raises. First of all, why was the crew on board this vessel not armed so they could prevent this sort of hijacking? I heard a reporter say that the ships were given water cannons to defend themselves from pirates. That’s wonderful. Maybe our merchant fleet and the U.S. Navy can start arming themselves with water cannons and water balloons in order to gently discourage our enemies from attacking us. And on top of that, some idiot ship owner whose boat was taken over last year got on Fixed News and said that these crews shouldn’t be armed. With idiots like this in positions of power, it’s no wonder that these pirates sense weakness and prey on our vessels.

A second key question here is: What are the U.S. government and the Navy doing to stop the situation? Well, at this point, the navy has sent the destroyer U.S.S. Bainbridge to “track” the boat that the pirates are holding the captain on. What has happened to what was once the most powerful navy in the world? During his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt, who talked softly but carried a big stick, sent the “Great White Fleet” of the United States on a tour around the world. He displayed American power openly so that pirates and petty dictators would fear to attack us. And now we just “track” our enemies instead of attack our enemies.

It seems that our Navy has become nothing more than an extended form of welfare so that certain groups in our country can have better access to health care. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

I told you months ago on “The Savage Nation” that the U.S. Navy was created in the early 1800s to combat the Barbary pirates that were attacking our merchant ships from North Africa. These were Muslim pirates, just as the pirates who are attacking our vessels from Somalia are Muslim pirates. And it seems now that months after I told you these facts, the rest of the media have caught up, because now I am hearing the same lines spouted by the hemorrhoid with ears on Fixed News.

But the main point is that Thomas Jefferson created our Navy to confront exactly this kind of situation. And now we seem unable to deal with basic problems that we though we had solved 200 years ago. Back then we had real statesmen who were willing to take real action. Today we have Hillary Clinton. She’s not angrily demanding the release of the captain and threatening to use the full force of the U.S. military to wipe them off the face of the earth. Instead she’s saying that we are going to partner up with other countries in order to stop the problem. We’ve gone from powering up to partnering up in one generation.

And now we hear that the FBI is assisting the U.S. Navy in securing the release of the captain from the pirates. This is not a law enforcement issue; this is a military issue. We don’t want police action; we want combat action. We need to retaliate against these Muslim pirates with full military force to let them know that they cannot do this. But instead it seems that we have an administration in place that would rather walk the plank instead of pulling rank. Let’s have some pirate music.