Some in the Defense Department have been frustrated by what they see as a failure to act. Many other national security officials say an ill-considered strike would have negative diplomatic and political consequences far beyond the Horn of Africa.
Some ... Many. The few cowboys vs. the many level headed mature men.
If you didn't get it, the final paragraph drives the theme home. The "many" come back:
But many on the national security team insist that it is their caution and willingness to consider all aspects of the situation that differentiate them from the overly aggressive posture of the Bush administration that they say exacerbated the terrorist threat.
Let's look at the score: after 9/11 no more terrorist attacks on the US under Bush.
No American ships taken by pirates in 200 years.
After a mere 70 days into the Obama administration pirates take a US ship. This calls for a speech and a stiff protest to the UN.
According to the Post, one man's pirate is another man's nationalist. And don't call them pirates.