Last night as Barack Obama stepped into the House chambers to deliver the State of the Union, he pointed to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta standing in the crowd and said, "Leon, good job tonight, good job tonight."
What could the president have possibly meant by this bit of coded Saul Alinskyite communication?
U.S. special forces swooped into Somalia on Wednesday and rescued an American and a Dane after a shootout with pirates holding them hostage, in a rare raid into the Horn of Africa nation to free foreign captives. The aid workers, American Jessica Buchanan and Dane Poul Hagen Thisted, were kidnapped from the town of Galkayo in the semi-autonomous Galmudug region in October while working for the Danish De-mining Group (DDG).
"This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people," U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement.
Man, why does the president keep apologizing for America? If we keep on apologizing at this rate, we're going to need to open more munitions plants, instead of the tire factories that we were promised last night.
There's also an important lesson here for foreign travelers. When going to a dangerous region, do yourself a favor and bring along an American. Preferably, a white, photogenic, female American, but almost anyone with a U.S. passport will do in a pinch. If you get in trouble, Navy SEALs will come and apologize for your ass the way they have for 50 years — with helicopters and assault rifles.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Foreign Policy, Leon Panetta, Pirates, Somalia