By ANNE GEARAN – 7 hours ago
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday he doesn't see any immediate need to bulk up the military response to piracy near the Horn of Africa.
He added, however, that "we'll make those decisions as they come along."
Let's hope he doesn't rush into anything here. It'd be a shame to see the man bang his shins.
Pirates Fail in Attack on U.S. Ship
HONG KONG – An American cargo ship was attacked by pirates armed with grenade launchers and automatic weapons in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday, but the attackers failed to take over the ship, which was able to continue with its delivery of humanitarian food aid to the Kenyan port of Mombasa.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/
The ship, the Liberty Sun, was damaged in the attack but the crew members were not hurt, according to a statement from the shipowner, Liberty Maritime, of Lake Success, N.Y.
"We are under attack by pirates, we are being hit by rockets. Also bullets,” a crew member aboard the Liberty Sun, Thomas Urbik, said in an e-mail message to his mother, the Associated Press reported. “We are barricaded in the engine room and so far no one is hurt.”
Mr. Urbik said a rocket had "penetrated the bulkhead but the hole is small. Small fire, too, but put out.”
The attack occurred shortly before noon, a United States Navy spokesman said. By the time the U.S.S. Bainbridge arrived — about six hours later — the pirates had fled. The Bainbridge, the navy destroyer involved in the rescue last week of another American cargo ship, was escorting the Liberty Sun to Mombasa on Wednesday.
"Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday he doesn't see any immediate need to bulk up the military response to piracy near the Horn of Africa."
Well, it looks to me like Gates is offering less government. I think it's not what I mean when I call for less government.
So, if the government isn't going overboard defending the nation, what is the government doing?
Uh, I dunno, Lenny. what is the government doing? Living off the fat of the land?
Lance Fairchok, "DHS, 'Rightwing Extremism' and Information Warfare" American Thinker. 14 April 2009.
The DHS Intelligence Assessment Document marked "For Official Use Only" and entitled; Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment, was released to law enforcement agencies nationwide. Its stated purpose was to "deter, prevent, preempt, or respond to terrorist attacks against the United States." Read the entire document here.
Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning.
Now I get it. Our government is freaking out about all them thar Klan rallies in Washington, D.C.
Somali pirates? What was I thinking?
But at least there's one ship coming on-stream from Gates that'll patrol the Somali coast. What a relief.
For a while there I was wondering just whose side our government is on here.