April 8th, 2009
07:09 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton 'deeply concerned' about pirate attacks

Clinton called for international cooperation to combat piracy.
Clinton called for international cooperation to combat piracy.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton late Wednesday called for international cooperation to combat piracy like this week's attack on a U.S. ship and crew off the coast of Somalia.

"We are deeply concerned and we are following it very closely. Specifically we are now focused on this particular act of piracy and the seizure of the ship that carries 21 American citizens," Clinton said at the State Department. "More generally we think the world must come together and end the scourge of piracy."

The secretary of state, speaking at a photo op with the Foreign Minister of Morocco, referred back to problems with piracy that both countries had faced together back in the late 1700s. "I think Morocco was the very first country that recognized us, going back a long time. We worked to end piracy off the coast of Morocco all those years ago. And we are going to work together to end that kind of criminal activity anywhere on the high seas," Clinton said.


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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. No Hillary = No Obama

    We want to hear more from Hillary and less from yapping Obama.

    April 8, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. Patsy Madison, TN

    Sec. of State Clinton is doing a great job. She is where she needs to be. The American people got it right with President Obama at the top and Hillary as Secretary.

    April 8, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Rob Landry

    Yes, we should stop piracy. We should stop the pirates we call our government from hijacking our tax dollars, terrorizing its citizens into panic, then dispersing our money into mountains of wasteful bailouts, bonuses, and b.s. Hillary, no one is fooled by your perpetual need to appear less asinine than you really are.

    April 8, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. tom

    Well, keep calling Hillary...the world will tell you that there are behind us 100%....as in no money our resources...but they ARE behind us. I can't believe she didn't BLAME AMERICA FIRST, one of the platorms of the democratic party.

    And you can feel much better – although nothing will change.

    Kumbaya.

    April 8, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Andy

    Somalia continues to be the little mosquito that could. Remember Mohamed Farrah Aidid, the Somali warlord in "Black Hawk Down". Maybe his son, a former US marine, is now calling the shots and has gone into the business of piracy.

    April 8, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. SouthernMan

    Sounds to me like it's about time the countries of the world got serious with this problem. One or two bolts out the blue would get the attention of any future Black Beard.

    April 8, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. ray ray

    Obama calls North Korea launching a long-range missile a "provacative act".

    Hillary calls pirates seizing a US ship "deeply concerning".

    GOSH – how will Kim Jun-Il and the Pirates survive such a harsh tongue-lashing???

    What a JOKE this Administration turned out to be....

    April 8, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  8. annie - Palin 2012

    If she is so concerned why doesn't she get bo off his muslim rear-end and do something about it. Whoops, he can't do that, he might hurt a muslim. All companies who ship thru that area should be armed to the hilt.

    April 8, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Jerry

    Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk and then go to the UN and get another resolution. The world must come together and then let the US take care of the problem. Good Grief! Gonna be a rough 4 years.

    April 8, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. ABE

    U.S should have concerned a long time ago when somalia became dumping ground for nuclear toxic wastes and when western and Asian countries were illegally fishing and other marine reources of Somalia by taking advantage somalias lack of government. That was what have created the piracy and the somalis see pirates as a citezens defending their territorial waters. It may have gone too far but that is what caused their rise.

    April 8, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. smokesignals

    Not that the act of piracy should be condoned, but doesn't anyone think that an investigation of claims made by the Somalians concerning illegal dumping of toxic waste and illegal trawling of their fisheries be done? My understanding is that these "piracy" acts started, initially anyway, as retaliation.

    April 8, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. The fact is..

    ...... add this to the long list of problems that SOS Clinton is "deeply concerned" about.

    But geez Hillary..... when are you and the administration you're working for going to start doing something about these problems and stop talking about these problems.

    You and BO both wanted to be prez. BO is prez and he appointed you to be SOS, so start doing your job. Or is this the case of a dog chasing a car.....what does it do when it catches it?

    April 8, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. smarter than Dems

    its an easy fix, set them up, then take them down, easy

    April 8, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Dilligaf

    Glad to hear she's deeply concerned. Gosh, now I feel better. The worst SoS since Maddy Albright.

    April 8, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Off Base?

    I'm not sure this is Secretary of State Territory. There is no organized government in Somolia as near as I know so who would Clinton conduct diplomacy with on this topic.

    April 8, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Bill Duke

    But she's not concerned enough to actually do anything effective about it.

    April 8, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. Joe Levine

    Oh give me a break!!! Did we expect starving Somalians to stand passively on their beaches, paddling in our toxic waste, and watch us snatch their fish to eat in restaurants in London and Paris and Rome? We won't act on those crimes – the only sane solution to this problem – but when some of the fishermen responded by disrupting the transit-corridor for 20 per cent of the world's oil supply, we swiftly send in the gunboats. At the same time, other European\Asian ships have been looting Somalia's seas of their greatest resource: seafood. We have destroyed our own fish stocks by overexploitation – and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300m-worth of tuna, shrimp, and lobster are being stolen every year by illegal trawlers and dump our nuclear waste in their seas. The local fishermen are now starving... what do you expect them to do??? don't be fooled by the Obama administration.

    April 8, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. JJ

    international cooperation = NATO

    Going back to the failed Clinton policies of the past...

    April 8, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Joe

    We should open a dialogue with the pirates and convince them they should stop. If they do not, refer them to the UN.

    April 8, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. JT

    Go get them Clinton. Don't forget to capture Captain Ahab, Bluebeard, and the pirate on the rum bottle.

    April 8, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. brian

    There is a very simple way to end piracy immediately: post an aircraft carrier in the area. When pirates attack, attacked ship notifies carrier, carrier scrambles jets, jets vaporize pirates and their boats with cannon & rockets. Very soon, piracy problem goes away.

    Another simple solution would be to assign a platoon of Marines (as in "..to the shores of Tripoli", solving piracy problem a couple hundred years ago) and a couple quad fifties to each ship. Pirates attack ship, Marines smoke pirates. Very soon, piracy problem goes away.

    If only the politicians had the guts to do it. Instead, they'll posture and yap, do little or nothing, and the problem will continue.

    April 8, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. dumbocrat alert

    take it ti that august chamber, the United Nations...they have been proven to solve the worlds problems.

    April 8, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Fitz in Texas

    Never fear Mrs. Clinton, all you have to do is sit down and talk and beg with these folks like you do so many others and the entire problem will just go away. After all, what I read here on CNN, everyone loves Obama and will do anything for him.

    And, if this doesn't work maybe you can bow to them like Obama bowed to the Saudi King. The President of the United States bows to a Saudi King. UNBELIEVABLE. Such an act is befitting a King's subjects, not his peer. Guess the President missed that in......President School 01.

    April 8, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. phoenix86

    Again, deeply concerned but won't do anything. Look for them to take this to the UN, who will pass a resolution and also do nothing.

    I miss George Bush already. Obama is a total failure.

    April 8, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. Sidney Jacobs

    So what will Obama do about it.?..UH UH UH UH

    April 8, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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