My self-imposed 48 hours of patriotic celebration of the swift and flawless rescue of the Maersk Alabama ship, crew and captain by the US Navy under the command of the President of the United States, is now over.
As promised, I will soon post a complete survey of the perilous Obama post-pirate Presidency (O.P.P.P) that America now faces, including a more complete review of the Somali piracy problem itself.
But I could not resist some immediate observations after President Obama's own "Mission Accomplished" moment from yesterday:
President Barack Obama vowed Monday "to halt the rise of piracy," while shipmates of the rescued American freighter captain called for tough action against Somali bandits who are preying on one of the world's busiest sea routes.
One ship and crew were rescued from pirates. That mission was accomplished, but the Islamist piracy problem remains, with more than 15 ships still being held by pirates, three of which were taken within the past three days.
I am reminded of a more famous "Mission Accomplished" statement by a United States President who did not receive reciprocal treatment from the left, despite his warnings of the longer war to come. President George W. Bush famously landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln to celebrate the toppling of the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq and then reminded:
We have difficult work to do in Iraq. We are bringing order to parts of that country that remain dangerous. We are pursuing and finding leaders of the old regime, who will be held to account for their crimes. We have begun the search for hidden chemical and biological weapons, and already know of hundreds of sites that will be investigated. We are helping to rebuild Iraq, where the dictator built palaces for himself, instead of hospitals and schools. And we will stand with the new leaders of Iraq as they establish a government of, by, and for the Iraqi people.
The transition from dictatorship to democracy will take time, but it is worth every effort. Our coalition will stay until our work is done. And then we will leave — and we will leave behind a free Iraq.
When Bush's predictions of tough times in Iraq came true, most of the Democratic Party turned on him with their Bushlied meme that emboldened our enemies. President Bush stayed the course through thick (Hillary) and thin (Obama) attacks and votes against funding, and now, the Thin Man finally congratulated our armed forces in Iraq for their great gift to their people and even described their work as a "success".
Not holding breath for the current CINC to praise his predessessor for making a former terrorist nation an ally safer for Americans than the 'hoods of Detroit and Chicago.
After the aircraft carrier speech under the banner of a crew proud of their role in removing a megalomanical muderer of hundreds of thousands, their Commander in Cheif went on to win the larger war: with zero further attacks on US soil after 911; a decimated al Qaida worldwide; safe havens in Iraq replaced by Connecticut II; and havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan not safe from US forces and/or their drones.
President Obama was left a world and a United States much safer from terrorism. So far, most of his broken campaign promises continue Bush policies that have kept us safer. Many have not, but we will dicuss that later in the upcoming O.P.P.P column.
President Bush did not adequately address the piracy problem, and this column criticized him for that over a year ago. That same President was left a terrorism mess and cleaned it up. That was a much larger mess than piracy.
President Obama should, at least, take out the actual Somali port harbors that presently serve the pirate ships if not the inland lairs and other safe harbors of same. This does not require a ground operation like the one that led to Black Hawk Down.
Let the bombing begin.
"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson