High Seas Standoff Continues

US warship watches Somali pirates with US hostage

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The ocean is calm, but conditions remain
tense off the Horn of Africa, where a Navy warship is monitoring
Somali pirates holding an American captain in a lifeboat.
The captain and the pirates have been adrift since yesterday,
when the crew of the Maersk (mersk) Alabama regained control of
their cargo ship.
The Pentagon says additional warships are on the way in a U.S.
show of force.
And FBI hostage negotiators have been brought in to work with
the military in trying to secure the release of Capt. Richard
Phillips of Underhill, Vt. An official says the bandits have been
talking with the Navy about resolving the standoff peacefully.
Maersk says Captain Phillips and the pirates have a radio,
batteries and provisions aboard the enclosed lifeboat. The
freighter that was the target of the pirates is now headed to
Kenya, it's original destination. This time, it's sailing with
armed U.S. Navy guards on board.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the
pirates "are nothing more than criminals" and should be brought
to justice.

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  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Apr 14, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    Obama handled nothing. This was all the Navy Seals. Obama was still recovering from his trash America tour to even care. I don't blame him for being upset. He spent so much time blaming America and Bush for so many problems and then they gave him nothing in return. No troops, No stimulus money, nothing. It must be sad to find out self abasement and pretty words mean nothing.
  • by RD Location: Danville on Apr 13, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    Now that the situation is resolved, step back and look at the way President Obama handled it. He sent in the Navy, they monitored, tried negotiating, and when they seen that force was the only answer, they took out the pirates in a sniper attack that was PERSONALLY APPROVED by Obama. He done an excellent job and gave a good example of how he will deal with threats to America. In contrast, the administration the past 8 years would have stormed in with guns blazing which probably would have cost the life of the hostage. Then we would have lost a few Navy soldiers in the ensuing battle. Lastly, they would have started a war with a completely uninvolved country to take the focus away from their inability to go after the problem.
  • by LH Location: somerset on Apr 13, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    FOOLS rush in. SMART people stand back, assess the situation, and make intelligent decisions. ( and do not need to shoot off at the mouth just to make the situation worse).
  • by Cole Location: Lexington on Apr 12, 2009 at 02:35 PM
    This should have been ended the day it happened. Imagine how that Captain is feeling knowing the the President will not let the military do anything.
  • by Diane Location: Mt. Sterling on Apr 12, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    It took over 5 days but when President Obama FINALLY gave approval those Navy Seals Kicked butt. They are the best!!! Our military deserves all the credit!!!
  • by Republican voter on Apr 12, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    Ok you "hope and change" liberals. Let's see how far your wimpy leaders will get you out of this mess. All they'll want to do is talk not fight. This country is unprotected for the next 4 years. Liberals are waving the white surrender flag and our enemies know it.
  • by MG on Apr 10, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    Yeah this is crazy. Bush had his downsides but when it came to stuff like this we would of already had 4-5 snipers fromt he destroyer take out the terrorist and the deal be over. I like how Obama has completely ignored this matter since it has nothing to do with the economy. We're getting walked on by everyone now because they know he won't stand up against them.
  • by Kyle Location: Lexington on Apr 10, 2009 at 01:31 AM
    Laws been into place for years, the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorist or for hostages. See what our "wonderful" President can and will do now.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    Jimmy Carter all over again
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    I'm sorry but I am skeptical. If North Korea can launch a IBM and he not do anything then a few American's in danger will mean nothing. He might even lecture us on how we are so derisive and divisive for wanting him to do something.
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