Somalia's court has all the balls. Obama lost his somewhere on the way to the negotiating table. What started off as an ego trip of immense proportions has now become a laughable, yet dangerous weakness. The current President of the United States of America cannot protect anyone with his speeches, and his policy of inaction has crippled the effectivness of the US Navy and Marines whose job it is to protect people.
Here are their names. Jean Adam, Scott Adam, Phyllis Macay and Bob Wriggle. All Americans. All Dead. Why? Because the President's policy is to negotiate with pirates. And there are South Africans out there as well who have been abducted. Essentially, though there is an American military presence in the Gulf of Oman, nobody there is safe. The pirates do what they please, and business is booming.
The United Nations estimates the annual cost of piracy in the Indian Ocean at between $5 billion and $7 billion. Later this month, as the monsoon ends and the seas calm, attacks will multiply and the numbers of ships and hostages held will rise (see chart).
It is perfectly opaque to everyone except Obama's blind supporters what he is trying to prove. But it's perfectly clear that with Obama as Commander in Chief, nobody is particularly worried about the consequences of piracy on the high seas. Obama protects no ships.