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April 9th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

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On Thursday, American Morning viewers were consumed by the Somali pirates’story. The majority of viewers were anxious to take action for a quick resolution, claiming that the U.S. would lose respect if we negotiated with the pirates. A minority were angry at the U.S. apathy toward such hijackings in the past, with America only now interested in the underlying issues in Somalia.

  • Mary: I AM OUTRAGED THAT THE NAVY HAS NOT ENDED THIS and that this company has not let the Navy do their job. If these pirates get what they want with the US Navy ship on site – they will believe they are UNSTOPPABLE by the USA! With no government to control or even give these pirates too. I think the Navy should take them all to a US controlled jail as terrorists.
  • Andrew: You Americans take the biscuit! For 3 years I have watched you guys reporting on piracy with humour. But now it's an American flag attacked, you go ape! You should have gone ape 3 years ago, and now you probably wouldn't have been in this mess. BUT, how about a story of why piracy is going on?? Stop dumping your shipping rubbish on the shores of Somali. Support the Somali fishemen who lost their fishing rights to the factory fishing boats of the world. Open your **** eyes and see what’s going on in the world.

Tell us what you think: How do you feel about the pirates potential power in the Somali region? Do you believe, as the first viewer above, that if the U.S. doesn’t end the hostage situation that the priates will be “unstoppable?” Was the U.S. too slow in its response? Should the U.S. negotiate with the priates? Was the United State wrong in waiting to address the issue of the Somali pirate attacks? Do you believe there may be more underlying issues that need to be addressed, as the second viewer states?

A potential change in the first lady’s role generated mixed opinion:

  • Diane: Michelle Obama is no different than any other First Lady. You act as though she and only she can save the children of the world. Michelle Obama is "special" because her husband is President of the United States and you know it. If Obama had lost the election, Michelle would be back in Chicago working as a hospital administrator and nobody would care. Stop this idol worship before you make ***** out of yourselves.
  • Paul: The first lady can be an ambassador, but she should have no role in policy development or implementation as she is not an ELECTED official.

How do you feel about the first lady taking on the role of ambassador? Do you believe she has the appropriate credentials or is she only important because her husband’s presidency? Do you believe she should have policy making responsibilities or should she simply be a figurehead? Share your opinion with us.

Gay marriage proponets questioned the opinion of Christians in the debate:

  • Ruth: Christians are JUDGING those who seek happiness by getting married & living their lives just like the rest of us. IF YOU are such a good Christian then you know the Bible says “Judge not, that ye be not judged”. Are you now declaring yourself in the same light as God, the only one to judge any of us?

Are you in agreement with the viewer who believes that the Christians judging gay mariage are acting like God? Do you feel the viewer is incorrect in her assertions or do you think she uses the Bible correctly by noting its scripture to support her argument? Let us know your thoughts on gay marriage.


  • Rob Glenn – I am a graduate of a US Maritime academy and when I was going through a recent Security Officers Training we watched a video which the UN Maritime Division stated they did not want merchant ships to carry weapons. But as it gets more and more dangerous and the threat ot terror at home and abroad shouldnt mariners be able to protect themselves?


  • lmb802@amFIX I think they should be trained to defend themselves especially when they know an area they are travelling in is dangerous
  • JohnAtilano@amFIX I love our President. But seriously, who cares? Surely there are more important things in the world to talk about.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. NehemiYah Yisrael

    It's funny how inhumane Americans actually are. I repeat the pirates have never killed anyone. They are only after money, but Americans want blood, and don't even care if the captain is killed.

    Bad ol' fake American bravado!

    April 11, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  2. NehemiYah Yisrael

    So called macho American cowboys make me sick! Those of you suggesting the Navy should use force have no respect for the life of Captain Phillips. The pirates have NEVER killed a hostage. Obviously these companies are making enough money that the ransom is not hurting their bottom line (they continue to navigate pirate infested waters).

    The French just killed a hostage and two pirates...was it worth the life of a human being. Pay them, get the captain back and then go after the pirates.

    April 11, 2009 at 7:37 am |
  3. Johnny

    Where is Hancock or the X Men when you need them?

    April 10, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  4. Trent

    Will CNN cover any of the Tea Party Demonstations? I haven't seen anything on your web-site and have not heard you guys mention it once on any of your broadcasts. Seems like a pretty big movement to ignore don't you think?

    April 10, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  5. H M Sanchez MD

    Navy seals can areosolize the inocuous
    Very potent narcotic CARFENTANIL and
    Quickly rescue the hostage with the antidote
    Naloxone while the pirates sleep.
    The USS Boxer should have the drugs.
    Carfentanyl is 10000 times more potent
    Than morphine.

    April 10, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  6. Johnny

    USA feeds this country all the time and sends them HIV medicine.. Maybe it's about damn time to STOP helping other countries since they have no respect for us or other countries at all.

    April 10, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  7. Marie

    Being a USN wife of one of the men on the ships dealing with the piracy issues am outraged!! The whole reason most wives of the military members do not have an exact location of where their husband is for the safety of their loved ones, but yet I can turn on cnn and see where my husbands ship is. How do you think it makes military wives feel that basically you are somewhat painting a big red bulls eye on the ships by giving out the locations of them.

    April 10, 2009 at 8:35 am |
  8. Johnny

    We need to stand up already and show the Pirates that USA does not take this lightly. The US navy ships should shoot the mother ships where these pirates are coming from. The pirates have taken 6 ships just in the last week, this crap needs to stop. If or when the pirates take over 1 cruise ship, just imagine that.. the cruise ships are loaded with money, they have casinos on them, gift ships, tons of food, not to mention, passengers that also have money.. United States needs to start stepping up and not let other countries walk all over us.. If Obama can't take charge, he needs to step down, but enough is enough already.
    IF the pirates give back the captain after all this, and nothing at all happens besides the pirates just driving off into the sunset back to their pirate filled land and not even captures by the US navy, then this will be a damn shame.. I think Americans are getting tired of nothing being done about these types of situations.

    April 10, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  9. nancy

    WHY even negotiate with high seas terrorists? I'm NOT wanting any harm to come to the Captain, but they ALL knew what they might encounter out there in "pirate alley".

    April 10, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  10. Gary Baughn

    If we can put undercover U.S. Marshalls on coast to coast flights, why can't we put an undercover armed forces agent on board these cargo ships armed with a RPG launcher and a small arsenal of automatic weapons? They could take out the pirates before they even come close to the cargo ship. Problem solved.

    April 10, 2009 at 7:10 am |
  11. Catherine

    I have wondered about the blowback from not addressing the Somali leadership in their failed state in order to acquire information about possible Al Qaeda activity in the country. Haven't we just enabled this situation through our hands off policy.

    April 10, 2009 at 6:21 am |
  12. Dan Nelson

    I believe that we should give the pirates what they want for the safety of the captain but we should follow them with an armed drone until they reach either their mother ship or shore and blow them all up before they leave their boats and like the second person's concern for Somalia's people, until they work together to stop the lawlessness there there should be no aid or economic help which should be an incentive for them to fix their failed state and make it governable without terrorists! IF they don't want to take action against those who break the rule of law then the UN should put together an army that will force the laws upon them!

    April 9, 2009 at 7:08 pm |