Reckless Hillary and the Pirates of the Arabian, a Picture Essay


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“Crooked” is a label that aptly fits Hillary Clinton, but the FBI and WikiLeaks revelations regarding Hillary’s private email server and 33,000 deleted emails points to another apt label for Hillary: reckless.

Hillary’s foreign policy mistakes — even traitorist activity — in the Middle East are “reckless” in two senses, for they show: 1) a careless lack of attention to detail, and 2) a coldness or lack of caring about what happens to the people her actions affect and even our Nation.

Trump and his team are doing a fantastic job of exposing Hillary’s and Obama’s reckless and misguided strategy in the Arabian or Middle Eastern World.  I’m simply going to reiterate those points and add some perspective.

The Barbary Pirates of Tripoli

America has actually been fighting in the Middle East since the birth of the Nation.  In the late 18th century, American ships bound to Italy and other Mediterranean ports were routinely seized and plundered by the Barbary Pirates who sailed out of Tripoli, Libya.

Even back then, America was highly reliant on trade with the Old World, and since we lacked a Navy to defend our merchant ships, the only recourse we had was to pay outrageous ransom fees to the Pirates to guarantee safety of the cargos and crews.

Now the merchant shipping of Great Britain and France were protected from the Pirates because of their formidable naval fleets.  But for America, the Barbary Pirate problem festered for years until President Thomas Jefferson finally pushed through funding to build a Navy and Marine Corps.

The heroism of the American Navy and Marines in that day is exemplified by the young naval commander Stephen Decatur.  His fascinating naval career is equal to or better than that of John Paul Jones.

Legend and lore also say the Marine nickname, “leatherneck” was derived from leather neckbands worn in Barbary Wars to protect Marines from the slash of the Barbary Pirate cutlass on the Shores of Tripoli.

The below GIMP image merges some famous artwork showing Stephen Decatur’s battles in Tripoli with a mashup of Hillary Clinton and the octopus face of Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean.

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