The United States dodged a bullet last month when American sailors and Navy Seals foiled Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. But pirates never give up easily.
The possibility that they will capture more Americans there and elsewhere remains. And that possibility presents real dangers for the Obama administration.
Why should the world's greatest superpower worry about small groups of pirates? Because, while the military threat may be minimal, public reaction to a prolonged captivity crisis could derail the administration’s foreign policy.