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Saw ‘Captain Phillips’ with my son Pete yesterday.
The movie held my attention, so wasn’t a complete waste of money and time. It wasn’t as good as ‘Gravity.’
I give ‘Captain Phillips’ a “B-minus” grade as entertainment — though the crew says the movie is a complete lie.
The crew claims Captain Phillips was no hero.
Furthermore, the crew is suing the shipping company (the Waterman Steamship Corp) for $50 million for gross negligence, alleging “willful, wanton and conscious disregard for their safety.”
Here’s what struck me about the entire episode.
I kept wondering why there was not a single gun on the ship — not so much as a pistol.
This is a ship that is sailing into waters off the coast of Somalia, known to be infested with pirates.
In the prior three weeks leading up to this event, some 16 container ships had been attacked by Somali pirates — eight of them captured by pirates, with crews held hostage.
But no guns at all on these ships?!
The four pirates who captured Captain Phillips’ ship were just kids — teenagers. Their tiny boat was barely seaworthy.
Yes, they had AK-47s. But a single pistol could have picked them off as they were scaling the ladder they had hooked onto the ship. They could not use their AK-47s while climbing the ladder. But, knowing there would be no return fire from the ship, they just climbed aboard without fear.
Some big machine guns similar to what Tony Montana (Al Pacino) used in that great last scene of Scareface, plus some rocket-propelled grenades and shoulder-held Stinger missiles should be enough to discourage these pirates.
A naval-style cannon mounted on the ship plus an anti-aircraft gun to shoot down potential incoming pirate helicopters would also be prudent in these waters crawling with pirates.
Heck, a couple of Molotov cocktails tossed into the rickety boat these kids were on would have been enough to repel this inept pirate attack on Captain Phillips’ ship.
These ships are carrying tens of millions of dollars worth of cargo. They can’t move fast because of all the weight. They are sitting ducks for pirates. Obviously, these ships will be attacked — especially if the pirates know they aren’t armed.
If the ship had been armed with some decent weapons, U.S. taxpayers would not have needed to spend some astounding sum of money for three Naval warships to rush to the scene (how much did the fuel alone for this cost?), complete with Navy Seals, paratroopers, assault helicopters, assorted other aircraft and small seacraft — all to deal with four Somali teenagers, two of them barefoot.
This was overkill to an extreme. This was hardly a formidable enemy.
These three warships we used against these shoeless teens cost tens of billions of dollars each.
The ring leader (one who was fortunate enough to have sandals) was captured and is now serving 33 years in a U.S. Federal prison — which is only a few years more than former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (now serving 28 years).
At least the kid will get three meals a day and some much-needed dental care. He’s probably better off in one of our federal prisons than in Somalia.
My thought throughout this film was this ship deserved to be attacked — for stupidity.
I found myself half rooting for these starving, barefoot, hapless Somali teens as they were surrounded by the U.S. Navy.
You have to give these impoverished kids at least some kudos for guts and chutzpah.
They saw an opportunity — a big fat unarmed container floating in the water full of money — and they went for it.
They should have settled for the $30,000 in cash the ship had in its safe that Captain Phillips offered them. They could have been on and off the boat in minutes with $30k.
That would have carried them a long way in Somalia. They made a big mistake insisting on the full $10,000,000 ransom.
Too much chutzpah often gets you killed — especially when confronted by the U.S. Navy.
But why the heck aren’t our cargo ships armed?
I suspect it has something to do with some kind of United Nations anti-gun decree.
Perhaps arming the crew would violate labor union contracts the shippers sign onto.
And perhaps we can’t expect civilian crew members to use machine guns and RPGs to fight off pirates as part of their job description.
Some pirate operations will certainly be a lot more sophisticated and heavily armed than these four starving teens.
So why not just put, say, six Navy SEALs (equipped with all the right weapons) on every American cargo ship?
The tab for this would be paid by the shipper. That would be a whole lot cheaper for the shipper than losing an entire cargo, ship, and crew to pirates. And it would sure be cheaper for American taxpayers not to have three Naval warships rush to the scene of every pirate attack.
Holder Lied to Congress about ‘Fast and Furious’: DOJ News Release Shows Obama Admin Approved ATF Mexico Weapons Smuggling
Eric Holder gave false info. to a Congressional Committee last May about ATF operations tied to the deaths of two U.S. Agents; we have the proof.
SALEM NEWS: Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Special Agent Jaime Zapata from ICE both died from
weapons that were sent to Mexico from the United States. There is no knowledge as to how many lives the U.S. weapons smuggling programs claimed in Mexico.
(SALEM, Ore.) – New information indicates that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s actions are squarely behind the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) operation known as “Fast and Furious”, which orchestrated the delivery of almost 2,000 weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
Holder openly proclaimed his connection to the operation in April 2009 during a publicized speech in Mexico, then told a Congressional Committee in May 2011, “I probably heard of Fast and Furious the first time in the last few weeks.”
The ATF weapons smuggling ring involved the arrest of several government officials with the city of Columbus, New Mexico including the mayor and police chief, but that is all.
They were apparently known from the beginning and the weapons deals with ‘straw buyers’ were videotaped. Smuggled U.S. weapons from this operation, described as mostly semi automatic versions of military weapons like the AK-47, were found to be used in the shooting deaths of two U.S. federal agents.
The new information, which is not really new at all, proves that Holder had to be aware of the U.S. government weapons smuggling operation planned and implemented by federal agents from ATF which he denied to Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) less than two months ago, as detailed below.
Background on Fast and Furious ‘Gunrunner’ Operation:
As we have reported with the help of our Photojournalist Robert Plumlee, who is a former CIA asset, we know that around 1,800 weapons were funneled through the Chaparral Gun Store in Chaparral, New Mexico, and into the hands of the murderous cartels. As referenced, the gun shop was directly tied to the mayor, police chief and city council of Columbus, New Mexico, a town famous for the Pancho Villa border raids a century before.
Weapons from the ATF Gunrunner or Gunwalker scheme as it came to be known, were recovered from the desert where U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died in a shootout with cartel members. A U.S. gun that allegedly was smuggled into Mexico from Dallas, Texas, was used to murder an Immigration Customs Enforcement Agent named Jaime Zapata.
Considering how big of a problems guns and violence already are in Mexico, it should be a mystery how this U.S. / Mexico weapons smuggling program was ever launched, and according to Holder’s earlier testimony, included in our report, Feds Call Meeting with Journalist Who Reported Human Remains and Cartel Weapon Build up with U.S. Ties, it is a mystery.
INVESTORS: If “Operation Fast and Furious” was merely a botched attempt at law enforcement, why was a supervisor of the operation, David Voth, “jovial, if not, not giddy but just delighted about” marked guns showing up at crime scenes in Mexico, as career Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent John Dodson told Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee?
Perhaps because all was going as planned until it was learned that two of the AK-47s recovered at the scene of the fatal shooting of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December were bought in ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious. That wasn’t supposed to happen.
“Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals — this was the plan,” Dodson testified to the panel. “It was so mandated.”
ATF agent Olindo James Casa said that “on several occasions I personally requested to interdict or seize firearms, but I was always ordered to stand down and not to seize the firearms.”
Yet, as we’ve noted, gun-tracking operations stopped at the border.
That seems odd if the purpose was to catch gun traffickers and their drug-lord bosses. It makes sense, however, if the real purpose was to perpetuate, in the interests of pursuing the administration’s gun-control agenda, what Bob Owens of Pajamas Media calls the “90% lie.”
Obama awkwardly explains to Mexican reporter that Americans have a Constitutional right to bear arms
Mexican reporter wants to know why President Obama can’t just “veto” the Second Amendment just like the President of Mexico can veto parts of the Mexican constitution he doesn’t like.
The purpose of the bill is to show the Constitutional absurdity of mandating people to purchase health insurance.
POLITICO: Lawmakers in South Dakota have proposed a bill that would require all adults to own guns, a measure intended as a protest against the individual mandate for health insurance included in President Barack Obama’s health reform law.
Adults over the age of 21 would have to buy a gun “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense” and “suitable to their temperament, physical capacity and preference.”
The legislators who are sponsoring the bill know it won’t get far but said it’s a way to hammer home what they see as the unconstitutionality of a provision requiring everyone to purchase health insurance.
WASHINGTON POST: At the “Crossroads of the West” gun
show Saturday, University of Arizona junior Kiely Katz opened her plaid Burberry shoulder bag, took out a wallet shaped like a Japanese animated cat and plunked down her credit card for a $549 Glock 31 semiautomatic handgun.
“I’ve been wanting one for a while; I’ve been shooting since I was little,” Katz, 21, told Steve Zacher of Glockmeister, a gun dealership in Mesa, Ariz. The company’s slogan – Got Glock? (the question mark replaced by a gun barrel) – was written on the display case near “Team Glock” baseball caps.
BLOOMBERG: Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told hismanager to get ready for a stampede of new customers after a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8.
Wolff was right. Instead of hurting sales, the massacre had the $499 semi-automatic pistols — popular with police, sport shooters and gangsters — flying out the doors of his Glockmeister stores in Mesa and Phoenix.
“We’re at double our volume over what we usually do,” Wolff said two days after the shooting spree that also left 14 wounded, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition.
RAHM EMANUEL: “Never let a crisis go to waste.”
POLITICO: One of the fiercest gun-control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday targeting the high-capacity ammunition the gunman used.
McCarthy ran for Congress after her husband was gunned down and her son seriously injured in a shooting in 1993 on a Long Island commuter train.