The Second Carter Administration

Maybe Barack Obama will surprise me.

Maybe he will order the military to rescue a hero. (And make no mistake, Captain Richard Phillips

is a hero.)

Or maybe Obama will try to lawyer the pirates into submission.

Negotiations over the American captain taken hostage by Somali pirates broke down on Saturday, according to Somali officials, after American officials insisted that the pirates be arrested and a group of elders representing the pirates refused.

Somali officials said the American captain, Richard Phillips, and the four heavily armed pirates holding him hostage remained in a covered lifeboat floating in the Indian Ocean about 30 miles off Gara’ad, a notorious pirate den in northeastern Somalia.

The negotiations broke down hours after the pirates fired on a small United States Navy vessel that had tried to approach the lifeboat not long after sunrise Saturday in the Indian Ocean.

This is sounding very, very familiar at this point.  

 Maybe he will surprise me.

Say a prayer for Richard Phillips. That seems fitting this day before Easter.

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