No sooner was Captain Phillips rescued and the talking heads provided political meaning to the event. In fact, many of them started the speculation within hours after the seizure of the merchant sea captain last week.
We can all speculate as to what this means for the future:
- An escalation of tactics by the pirates.
- An escalation by the international community to stop the piracy.
- A firm linkage between the pirates and political terrorists.
Before we look too far into the future, we should revisit the past.
During the 2008 presidential campaign there was speculation that Barack Obama could not respond to a crisis. It was hypothesized, that with no military training and no international diplomatic experience, he did not have the qualifications to lead.
Obviously that was not the case.
Leadership is comprised of many facets. One is the technical knowledge - the marksman skilled with a weapon, the social worker skilled in counseling, the computer programmer skilled in creating software.
Each one of these people takes knowledge of their craft, but it does not mean the leader has to have the exact experiences or profound knowledge of the specific profession.
Instead, the leader must analyze, make tough decisions, and take risks.
One errant shot by a Navy SEAL, which had nothing to do with Obama's decisions, and the outcome is different.
But Obama was willing to make the decision that allowed an optimum outcome.
So far, so good.