Rich Galen

While hundreds of Somali pirates have recently been sent to jail in Kenya, the Seychelles or Somalia … many more have been set free by Western navies in a controversial "catch and release" approach because of the complications of prosecuting suspects arrested on the high seas.

I am all for that "catch and release" business. Any pirate captured should be released immediately, directly into the Gulf of Aden.

Most of these attacks occur about 300 miles from shore. If a pirate can swim that far he would be, literally, home free.

Oh! I was wrong the other day when I said the Congress would be back to work this week, following the Labor Day holiday. I thought, surely, after six weeks at home with their constituents the Members of the House and Senate would be eager to get back to the safe haven of their Capitol offices and fawning staffs.

Silly me. They won't be back to trying to figure out how to save their jobs until next week.

Finally, the holy month of Ramadan is ending today with the festival of Eid al-Fitr. In 2010 that happens to coincide with the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, signaling the Jewish new year.

Happy Eid to my Muslim friends. Happy 5771 to my Jewish friends.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at