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    U.S. Navy Arrives at Scene of Hijacked American Ship

    The U.S. is gearing up for a standoff with the band of pirates who hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship off the coast of Somalia as a Navy warship reportedly arrived at the scene early Thursday.

    The crew of the Maersk Alabama were able to regain control of the vessel Wednesday, but the pirates escaped with the captain as a captive. Kevin Speers, a spokesman for the owner of ship, told the Associated Press that a U.S. Navy warship arrived at the scene, and the pirates and their hostage were a short distance away in one of the ship's lifeboats.

    Family members said Capt. Richard Phillips surrendered to the pirates to secure the safety of the crew.

    "What I understand is that he offered himself as the hostage," said Gina Coggio, 29, half sister of Phillips' wife. "That is what he would do. It's just who he is and his response as a captain."

    It is unclear, however, how the standoff will end, given that Western countries in the past have faced legal difficulties in pursuing such pirates in international waters.
    FOXNews.com - U.S. Navy Arrives at Scene of Hijacked American Ship - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

    "standoff" and "legal difficulties"



    This IMO is the first real test of Obama alone on a solitary issue.

    1. Will he make it clear the USA will not be tampered with and give the hostage takers a choice of give him back or die.

    2. Or will we see Carter II:"The somalian affair"

    I'd bet on two but he may be forced into one.


    ..besides we can use the excuse to bomb the hell out of the al Qaeda allied forces now controlling big chunks of the country ..again.
    Ethiopia asked for the "wests" help in their effort against those forces. They had invaded and wooped them. Nobody delivered much more then words. So Ethiopia a year or two ago left as they said they would if they where not helped more.
    Its the worst Regional defeat in this war and one which we caused ourselves.
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    Re: U.S. Navy Arrives at Scene of Hijacked American Ship

    You'll recall the Clinton Somali Affair in Mogadishu in 1993.

    They made a movie about it.

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    Re: U.S. Navy Arrives at Scene of Hijacked American Ship

    getting the captain out alive is the tricky part, but there are many ways to accomplish that. Once he's safe, the payback can begin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillRockwell View Post
    getting the captain out alive is the tricky part, but there are many ways to accomplish that. Once he's safe, the payback can begin.
    Agreed. Although the specific logistics of getting him out are unknown to any of us here.

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    Re: U.S. Navy Arrives at Scene of Hijacked American Ship

    Quote Originally Posted by WillRockwell View Post
    getting the captain out alive is the tricky part, but there are many ways to accomplish that. Once he's safe, the payback can begin.
    Okay. Supposedly they lifeboat is occupied after all. Let's see what happens.

    The military called in FBI hostage negotiators Thursday to waters where Somali pirates held the American captain of a hijacked cargo ship that was later retaken by the crew in a high seas drama as a U.S. destroyer kept watch.

    The pirates took Capt. Richard Phillips as a hostage as they escaped into a lifeboat Wednesday in the first such attack on American sailors in 200 years.

    Kevin Speers, a spokesman for the ship company Maersk, said the USS Bainbridge had arrived off the Horn of Africa near where the pirates were floating near the Maersk Alabama.

    "It's on the scene at this point," Speers said of the Bainbridge, adding that the lifeboat holding the pirates and the captain is out of fuel.

    "The boat is dead in the water," he told AP Radio. "It's floating near the Alabama. It's my understanding that it's floating freely."

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    FOXNews.com - U.S. Warship, Hostage Negotiators Arrive as Pirates' Options Dwindle - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News
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    Re: U.S. Navy Arrives at Scene of Hijacked American Ship

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    You'll recall the Clinton Somali Affair in Mogadishu in 1993.
    They made a movie about it.
    Yes.

    I recall some anti-US loon from Columbia University hoping for 'a million Mogadishus' in Iraq...

    ...where 19 million Ameicans and 1 BILLION Muslims would die.

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    Obama should tell those douchebags they have one hour before he bombs their families on shore.
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    Re: U.S. Navy Arrives at Scene of Hijacked American Ship

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Yes.

    I recall some anti-US loon from Columbia University hoping for 'a million Mogadishus' in Iraq...

    ...where 19 million Ameicans and 1 BILLION Muslims would die.
    Hey, that's like half of them, right? That would sure aid the war on terror!
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    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Obama should tell those douchebags they have one hour before he bombs their families on shore.
    oh cause that'll work
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    Re: U.S. Navy Arrives at Scene of Hijacked American Ship

    The USN needs to increase patrols along the Horn of Africa. It's a major shipping lane and we have the largest of the handful of blue water navies still operational.

    We need to deal these pirates a blow, and make sure that no ships, regardless of the flag they fly, get attacked by these cowardly assholes.
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