Sunday, April 12, 2009

I take it all back

It's wonderful news that the U.S. navy rescued Captain Phillips, and even better that he was unharmed. Beyond the obvious value to Captain Phillips, this incident sends a message that Americans will defend themselves. Bravo to all, including President Obama as commander-in-chief, and shame on me for doubting.

Some mysteries remain: why is it that a merchant marine ship cannot defend itself if it sees strangers boarding it, clearly with evil intent? I understand that the merchant marine must be clearly distinguished from the navy, but what's wrong with self-defense? Also, why did military commanders have to obtain permission not once but twice from President Obama to use force? Hopefully answers to these questions will emerge in the next few days.

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