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Originally posted by deltaboy
The pirates on the lifeboat has called for reinforcements and other ships controlled by pirates along with the other hostages are heading there. Hmmm I wonder what advantage this could give to the U.S. Navy.
These guys are mere peons and they are testing the US in front of the whole world. Don't you see it?
besides quagmire is a state of mind and not a atate of being.
I say "how convenient of him".
doesn't mean you can just spout off like you have no care for human life.
Anybody ever thought of staying out of Somali waters?
But embarrassment aside, there is real potential for loss of life and for continued attacks on vessels plying these waters. The issue is simple but difficult -- how do we eliminate the pirate threat?
Strangely, we seem unable to learn from our own history. In 1804 President Thomas Jefferson said "Enough" to paying 20 percent of the U.S. national budget as tribute to Barbary pirates. His response was clear and successful -- build a strong naval task force, equip it with a sizeable contingent of Marines, and send it to attack and defeat the pirates in their lair. The sailors and Marines sent on that mission did just that -- and in the process wrote a stirring page in our nation's early history.
The problem today is that we have refused to take the Jefferson model. We've confined our anti-piracy efforts to the open seas and left the pirates' home bases on land as a sanctuary. Thus, the pirates continue to operate with relative freedom and stealth. We and our allies only respond, never seizing the initiative.
The Jefferson model is a better answer: Take on the pirates where they are, rather than guessing where they will be. In short, attack them at their home bases.
Originally posted by Miishgoos
Anybody ever thought of staying out of Somali waters? if you didn't enter their territory then you have less risk of pirates coming on board your ship.
His response was clear and successful -- build a strong naval task force, equip it with a sizeable contingent of Marines, and send it to attack and defeat the pirates in their lair.
You can just blow up Somalia and expect the problem to disappear. They'll set up shop in Kenya, or Yemen, or Djibouti and just rise up again.
Ransoms have usually been paid with cash airdrops and divvied up among the many, many local actors with a finger in this pie. The pirates and their financial backers use the money to build homes, get married, invest in businesses in Nairobi Kenya.
If we would simply sink a few pirate vessels the word would get out and piracy would subside. Don't tell me that with the assets we already have in that area of the world we can't find and track a handful of the pirates and make a fireworks display out of their ships.