Can we address this once and for all:
Pirates commandeered a United States-flagged container ship with 20 American crew members off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday, the first time an American-crewed ship was seized by pirates in the area.
The container ship, the Maersk Alabama, was carrying thousands of tons of relief aid to the Kenyan port of Mombasa, the company that owns the ship said.
The ship was taken by pirates at about 7:30 a.m. local time, 280 miles southeast of the Somali city of Eyl, a known haven for pirates, a spokesman for the United States Navy said. It is owned and operated by Maersk Line Limited, a United States subsidiary of A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, the Danish shipping giant.
Seriously. It is 2009 and even the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy seems to be dead. Can’t we cut this out?
*** Update ***
I should have realized the Corner would view this as a major test of the new President:
Somali pirates have hijacked an American-flagged ship, taking hostage at least 20 Americans and their cargo — aid they were were trying to provide to the distressed Muslim people of Mombassa, Kenya. As Somali pirates have been terrorizing ships on the high seas for months now, TigerHawk is wondering why U.S. vessels haven’t been seized before now, and what our new commander-in-chief proposes to do about it.
Now that Iraq is out of the question, I guess he could invade North Korea as a response.