The Reuters headline put it this way: “Pirates Pose Annoying Distraction For Obama.”
So many distractions, aren’t there? Only a week ago, the North Korean missile test was an “annoying distraction” from Barack Obama’s call for a world without nuclear weapons and his pledge that America would lead the way in disarming. And only a couple of days earlier the president insisted Iraq was a “distraction” – from what, I forget: The cooing press coverage of Michelle’s wardrobe? No doubt when the Iranians nuke Israel, that, too, will be an unwelcome distraction from the administration’s plans for federally subsidized day care, just as Pearl Harbor was an annoying distraction from the New Deal, and the First World War was an annoying distraction from the Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s dinner plans
If the incompetent management driving The New York Times from junk status to oblivion wished to decelerate their terminal decline, they might usefully amend their motto to “All The News That’s Fit To Distract.” Tom Blumer of Newsbusters notes that in the past 30 days there have been some 2,500 stories featuring Obama and “distractions,” as opposed to about 800 “distractions” for Bush in his entire second term. The sub-headline of the Reuters story suggests the unprecedented pace at which the mountain of distractions is piling up: “First North Korea, Iran – now Somali pirates.”
How’s Obama supposed to come up with other things to denounce America for with all these trivialities popping up? It takes time to come up with statements to abase and demean America and Americans, after all.
Steyn’s point here is that the world is rapidly getting a lot less safe. Areas that were relatively safe just a few years ago are now increasingly becoming the badlands. Those areas that were already unsafe are becoming downright lethal.
The decline in global safety can be traced directly to the increasingly weak-livered responses to just about any real threat by the “civilized world”.
International trade flourished once the freedom of the seas was established – by force – by America and Britain. We are rapidly losing that freedom by refusing to face down thugs, despots and lunatics.
(As always with Steyn, read the whole thing. His description of the reaction if America actually made a pirate walk the plank is hysterically spot on.)