I'd be interested to know precisely who it is you claim "vaunts" the "UN's military." The United Nations has no military, and, or course relies upon the military action of member states.
Piracy has been a problem for as long as there has been sea-borne commerce. Iulius Caesar began his public career fighting piracy. Piracy flourishes in any waters in which the local naval forces do not or cannot project sufficient military might to end it. As piracy takes place where there are no police, and often where there is no local jurisdiction. In cases in which no naval power takes responsibility, it is complerely appropriate for the United Nations to call for action.
It is rather pathetic that you have come out with this drivel about "the left"--it looks very much like you are indulging contortions to attempt to pick a silly fight.
There are many members on the "left",that constantly decry anything the US does as "interfering" with other countries and their actions.
According to some members on here,who I will be glad to name,the US interferes economicaly,militarily,politically,or financially with almost every country.
So,isnt this the US just interefering again?
The pirates didnt attack our ships,they werent bothering anyone,but we tried to board them anyway.
The UN has the blue helmets,who are members of other countries militaries,I know.
But,many on the left say that our military should ONLY act with UN authority.
Since we didnt have a mandate from or permission from the majority of the UN members to act,then this action MUST be interference.
If you want,I will be happy to name those members of the left on here that think that way.