1) Presidents of the United States don't tend to go around apologizing for their own country on foreign soil.
2) Pirates don't tend to attack American ships.
3) When both happen within a week of each other, each one for the first time anybody can remember, there might be loose talk.
Shootings happen more often than we'd like, but people like Oliver Willis and Markos Moulitsas have no problem pinning one on Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh or whoever else they want to malign. Whereas pirates kidnapping Americans at sea happens once every 200 years. But I'm not supposed to wonder if President Obama running around the world with a "Kick Me" sign on his back -- which almost flew off during his spine-bending bow to a king -- has anything to do with America getting, um, kicked.
I mean, what's been protecting American ships from piracy for two centuries? (Assuming "simple common courtesy" is off the table.) Why hasn't this happened since before running water and electric lights? The horrible nightmare of the Bush Era is over and everything's supposed to be hunky-dory. Why isn't everybody else playing nice and sharing and using their words?
And about that bow. Yeah, it was just one guy bowing to another guy. Big deal. Well, then, why is the White House now claiming it didn't happen? Why are we supposed to defer to authority against the evidence of our own senses?
Are you sure? Remember: They're just lights.
P.S. Can you imagine if Bush had claimed he never put on a flight suit? Never stood in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner? Not just that it might be interpreted some other way, but that it didn't happen at all? The Internet would've collapsed under the weight of all the Orwell quotes.
P.P.S. Supposedly I'm heartless because I don't think it's the president's job to make sure you have a house. And yet you're not heartless when a U.S. citizen is being held hostage by armed thugs in international waters, and your reaction to "Why isn't Obama saying anything?" is "Arrrr, matey!"
P.P.P.S. Homeland Security is now referring to these Somali thugs as "nautical organizers."Posted by Jim Treacher at April 10, 2009 02:02 AM