The Dillard Doctrine

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Joe Biden’s Test Strikes Again

Back on December 9, I wrote the following after Somali pirates fired on a US-flagged cruise ship:

Now, I think we can all see how this is going to end. Pirates are going to actually hijack an American-flagged ship, pull it in to some port in Somalia, and…instant international standoff.

Joe Biden’s test (though I think that ship has sailed-no pun intended-considering the number of countries who have already given our good President-elect the finger), as it were.

And, of course, Obama will send the Navy (and the Marines…that “shores of Tripoli” thing was about pirates, right?) to go in and take care of business, right?

Somehow….doubt it. I expect a lot of high-minded rhetoric, but not actual action being taken.

I see some parallels here…but they’re trending more towards Iran in 1979 than NYC in September 2001. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

Turns out, I wasn’t far off:

NAIROBI, Kenya – Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship with 20 American crew members onboard, hundreds of miles from the nearest U.S. military vessel in some of the most dangerous waters in the world.

The 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was carrying emergency relief to Mombasa, Kenya, when it was hijacked, said Peter Beck-Bang, spokesman for the Copenhagen-based container shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk.

Yep, just great. Iranian Hostage Crisis, meet Somali Hostage Crisis.

Believe it or not, this one’s easy to deal with; gather up a couple special operations types (SEALs, preferably, though I think the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team could deal with these guys just as effectively), and…problem solved.

Kind of.

Since liberals seem to think that the US should always go to the UN before taking military action against another country, I present UN Resolution 1851, which contains the following statement (emphasis added):

encourages Member States to continue to cooperate with the TFG in the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea, notes the primary role of the TFG in rooting out piracy and armed robbery at sea, and decides that for a period of twelve months from the date of adoption of resolution 1846, States and regional organizations cooperating in the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia for which advance notification has been provided by the TFG to the Secretary-General may undertake all necessary measures that are appropriate in Somalia, for the purpose of suppressing acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea, pursuant to the request of the TFG, provided, however, that any measures undertaken pursuant to the authority of this paragraph shall be undertaken consistent with applicable international humanitarian and human rights law;

At any time, Mr. President….any time.

Update: Don’t worry about it; seems the crew can take care of themselves.



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