Yaaarrrr! Show Me Yer Booty 2!!!

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These guys are running rings around the world's most advanced navys...

Ok, this Somalia pirate thing is becoming overbearing. I’m ready for NATO, the UN, MADD, NAMBLA whoever, to put an end to this!

Seriously, how hard can it be to simply send a bunch of warships to the coast of Somalia and sink anyone that looks like they don’t belong? In fact, what happened to all those submarines we used to own?

On Tuesday April 14th, according to CNN, “Pirates on four skiffs seized the 5,000-ton MV Sea Horse, a Lebanese-owned and Togo-flagged vessel.”

Add this to what happened earlier Tuesday, where pirates hijacked the MV Irene EM, a Greek-owned bulk carrier in the Gulf of Aden, and it becomes quite apparent that these “pirates” don’t give a sh*t about… well… sh*t!

To highlight just how seriously NATO takes this matter, they recently launched “Operation Allied Protector” where four ships patrol over one million square miles of ocean. Wait… Four ships covering more than one million square miles of ocean!?! Maybe I’m underestimating the range of these ships, but doesn’t that seem a little… underwhelming?

Call me a skeptic, but I don’t think that this is exactly going to deter these pirates from continuing their operations. I think that the US and other countries really need to get serious about this matter as the first officer of the Maersk Alabama, Shane Murphy urged on the world to do on Monday. He was one of the crew members onboard the Maersk Alabama when Capt. Richard Phillips was taken hostage.

We would like to implore President Obama to use all of his resources and increase the commitment to ending this Somali pirate scourge,” the first officer said Monday. “Right now there are ships being taken. At sea, it’s a global community. It doesn’t come down to nations.”

He continued, “America has to be at the forefront of this. It’s time for us to step in and end this crisis. It’s a crisis. Wake up. This crew is lucky to be out of this with every one of us alive. We’re not going to be that lucky again.”

This is certainly one time when I wouldn’t mind seeing a gun toting cowboy like W. at the helm of the situation. I’m sure the conversation in the Oval Office with generals, admirals, and high ranking military personal would have been very short, in fact it probably would have gone something like this:

Bush: So tell me again what’s happening?

Navy officer: Well sir, we had pirates attack a US vessel off the coast of Somalia.

Bush: Somalia, thats in Africa right?

Navy officer: Yes Mr. President.

Bush: And they attacked our boys?

Navy officer: Yes Mr. President.

Bush: Well let’s go in there and kill the bastards!

Navy officer: Yes sir!

Situation resolved… Sometimes it pays to have a cowboy calling the shots!

Max

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