在美军从索马里海盗手中救出一名美国上尉的戏剧性事件之后，专家和记者大肆宣传。 政治影响 什么应该被视为无关紧要的外交政策事件。
例如，以斯拉·克莱因（Ezra Klein）毫无根据地争论说 证明 奥巴马 is not like Jimmy Carter:
Over the weekend, Navy Seals equipped with high-powered sniper rifles and night-vision scopes shot three pirates dead and rescued an American hostage. After dark. Using only three bullets. From 100 feet away. On a boat. Which raises the obvious question: Can we finally agree that whatever Barack 奥巴马 is, he's not Jimmy Carter?
For President 奥巴马, last week's confrontation with Somali pirates posed similar political risks to a young commander in chief who had yet to prove himself to his generals or his public.
But the result -- a dramatic and successful rescue operation by U.S. Special Operations forces -- left 奥巴马 with an early victory that could help build confidence in his ability to direct military actions abroad...
The operation pales in scope and complexity to the wars underway in Iraq and Afghanistan. And 奥巴马's adversaries are unlikely to be mollified by his performance in a four-day hostage drama.
Nonetheless, it may help to quell criticism leveled at 奥巴马 that he came to office as a Democratic antiwar candidate who could prove unwilling or unable to harness military might when necessary.
For the record, we've learned very little about 奥巴马's "ability to direct military actions abroad." And I certainly wouldn't expect criticism of 奥巴马's foreign policy beliefs to be quelled by such a minor victory.
更新4/13 9:50 PM：时间的乔·克莱因 来电 奥巴马 "crisp and decisive" -- really? How does he know?
The U.S. economy is showing only glimmers of life and two costly wars remain 在里面 balance, but President Barack 奥巴马's "no drama" handling of the Indian Ocean hostage crisis proved a big win for his administration in its first critical national security test.
...[The crisis] goes some way toward dispelling the notion that a liberal Democrat with a known distaste for war — 奥巴马 campaigned on his consistent opposition to the Iraq invasion — doesn't have the chops to call on U.S. military power.
However, as Zengerle notes, it's unclear that anyone outside fringe elements on the right believed 奥巴马 would not be "comfortable ... relying on the U.S. military"? Who else was going to take out the pirates -- the Olympic target shooting team? How is this new information?