The American captain of a U.S.-flag vessel is held hostage while a U.S. warship stands helplessly by. Meanwhile, French commandos storm a French boat also seized by pirates. One hostage and several pirates killed, the remaining hostages captured. This is the third time French commandos have attacked pirates.
President Obama may view the pirates off Somalia as a 'distraction,' but the rest of the world is watching. Here's how the Indian press sees it: "The Indian Ocean standoff between an $800 million United States Navy destroyer and four pirates bobbing in a lifeboat showed the limits of the world's most power military as it faces a booming pirate economy in a treacherous patch of international waters."
I'm all for listening and humility in foreign policy. So what's wrong with learning a lesson from the French?
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