Pirates kidnap two U.S. sailors off Nigerian coast -sources

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JamVee wrote:

Reuters – your use of the term “two U.S. sailors” in your headline is extremely misleading. It implies that the US Navy is involved, and that, of course, couldn’t be farther from the truth. Are your headline writers specifically trained to try and “SPIN UP” the importance of your stories?

Oct 24, 2013 9:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Saglac wrote:

They must be arrested and brought to trial in New York. They are just looking for a better life.

Oct 24, 2013 9:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gle136 wrote:

Definitely an area for surgical n-bombs…parking lot improvements

Oct 24, 2013 10:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
David.Langley wrote:

Besides empowering our enemies and stabbing our allies in the back, this administration has had very little success on the world stage. I fear for these poor souls.

Oct 24, 2013 10:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SupremeWhitey wrote:

Saw the headline, read the article.

Two US sailors (aka Military) vs two US citizens (aka Joe the Plumber)

I just got bait switched >O

Oct 24, 2013 10:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Scipio wrote:

Why don’t the bloody fools who run shipping have adequate armed defenders on all vessels? It’s a lot cheaper than paying ransom. And why doesn’t the military attack pirate strongholds? And, frankly, I don’t give a damn if there’s some collateral damage.

Oct 24, 2013 10:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ghost62 wrote:

Of course the gov wont do a thing, Ask the people in Bengazi oh wait you cant they are dead.

Oct 24, 2013 10:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
yeshi wrote:

These two are on their own, if the State Department won’t send help to save an ambassador’s life in Ben Ghazi what makes them think they care a wit about these two? Sad and scary time to be an American.

Oct 24, 2013 11:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Anti-Left wrote:

“A U.S. defense official said the State Department and FBI were leading the American response to the incident”.

OH BOY!! Thanks a BUNCH…….the same goof-balls in charge of Benghazi!!

Oct 24, 2013 11:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RobinMarie62 wrote:

Please pray for the two men kidnapped. They have families who love them. Also, they cannot carry arms because international maritime laws do not allow it. I’m praying that because of the rise in this problem, that will change.

Oct 24, 2013 11:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
billnorris wrote:

Since Jefferson’s day one duty of The Navy and Marines has been to protect us citizens, keep sea lanes open .safe and free of pirates. They have done that well. Obama will file a complaint with The UN and respectfully ask for the safe return of our merchant seamen.

Oct 24, 2013 11:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MrRigid wrote:

@Scipio you ask why don’t we attack pirate strongholds. The answer is pretty simple. These strongholds are inside the sovereign lands of other countries and we as a nation shouldn’t just start little acts of war and putting our troops at risk over every issue. It is easy to sit back and say hell with it let’s start a war when you aren’t the one getting shot at and living with the current op tempo.
I have spent a good deal of time in Nigeria and say we raided a “pirate” stronghold in 2 weeks there would be another one. So when do we stop? You going to volunteer to keep up the raids?

This is just a symptom of a larger problem and the problem will increase. The African continent is full of corruption and what little infrastructure was there has crumbled. Interesting that Britain, France, Italy, etc that were the colonial powers, who continue to have strong financial interests there are never called to the carpet for what they have done to the continent.

Oct 24, 2013 12:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ghost62 wrote:

I am sick, spent 10 years Navy and would never have allowed this then. Full response in Minutes to max Hours never days. This admin is usless to the point of inept. Please let our Troops respond as needed withour reigns. U.S. Citizen gets attacked search and destroy at that point and lay waste to those who do it and those who harbor them.

Oct 24, 2013 12:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cvspoker wrote:

Send in the Marines like billnorris said if it was good enough for Jefferson it sdhould good enough for Obama(maybe he needs a history lesson.

Oct 24, 2013 12:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:

The root cause of all the turmoil in the middle east is BIG OIL.
The time has come to expose the real villain in this bloodbath.
Until we becmes independent of middle east oil, this will continue.
If there’s money to be made, the criminal element will exploit it.
BIG OIL doesn’t give a hoot about anyone’s safety; look at our gulf.
We must free ourselves of our dependency on petroleum; GO RENEWABLE.
Geothermal, solar, wind, etc., whatever we use is better than BIG OIL.

Oct 24, 2013 12:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

I guess all the rightie/Obama haters saying the government will do nothing about his forgot about Capt. Philips and what happened to his captors. Funny thing is the movie just came out and they still forgot recent history.

Looks like some more ‘Pirates’ are looking for a bullet in the head from a SEAL sniper.

Oct 24, 2013 1:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bachcole wrote:

I guess someone has a death wish. It is time to splatter some brains.

Oct 24, 2013 1:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ramsglen wrote:

And here in the US we are hijacked every day by our own President. What the heck is wrong with this problem. IMPEACH THE PROBLEM.

Oct 24, 2013 3:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
traumamama wrote:

Send in the U.S. NAVY SEALS to get the two sailors back!

Oct 24, 2013 4:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:

I have urged for over two years that the US needs no Asia Pivot, but it has problems in the South Atlantic near the African coast, in the Mediterranean owing to the Arab Spring, and in the Indian Ocean from the Suez Canal to the Straits of Malacca. Most US and NATO oil imports come from these regions or pass through them.

Oct 24, 2013 5:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:

US Navy assests are not unlimited and will be reduced owing to budget constraints. China’s navy grows with its GDP, and Russia restores more of its fleet with growing demand for oil and gas from Siberia. China cooperates against Somali pirates and has conducted joint naval maneuvers with Australia and the US. The US, China, and Russia all have vested interests in protecting international maritime trade.

Oct 24, 2013 5:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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