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..Imagine what's going to happen to our "great" reputation?
The entire world is giving the US sh*t for dragging them down the toilet with them in the worst financial crisis in recent history.
Do you want to go and brawl with every one who so much as looks at the US cross-eyed?
Precisely the attitude that preceded Afghanistan and Iraq. Now you want to get stuck knee-deep in Somalian quicksand.
Did you learn nothing from 1993? Obviously NOT.
Somali will bleed the US out just like Iraq is doing.
And 50% of the population aren't fat, they're just "well-rounded".
The US military is stuck. Physically and mentally. None of the top brass want to budge a foot out of Iraq, but all of them want to get out of that godforsaken region.
That's a quagmire.
How convienient of Bush too leaving this issue to the last minute, not touching it and pawning it off onto Obama.
Another wonderful legacy!
Stop seeing this as a Democrat-Republican issue from your narrow-minded viewpoint.
It's a Republicrat issue. Neither side wants to touch this. They could care less about international shipping.
It'd take 20 American ships capsizing in the Gulf of Aden before they got off their fat asses...
Obviously you don't understand what it means to be in two unwinnable conflicts at the same and then have people give you suggestions for a third.
Bit like having both your arms amputated and someone asking you "for a hand".
(CBS/AP) Attack helicopters strafed suspected al Qaeda fighters in southern Somalia on Tuesday, witnesses said, following two days of air strikes by U.S. forces — the first U.S. offensives in the African country since 18 American soldiers were killed here in 1993.
In Washington, a U.S. intelligence official said American forces killed five to 10 people in an attack on one target in southern Somalia believed to be associated with al Qaeda. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the operation's sensitivity, said a small number of others present, perhaps four or five, were wounded.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
Small teams of Special Operation Forces inserted into these "hubs" to provide intelligence, targeting, and ground assault capability could go far way to disrupt piracy in this region. They would realize that we can indeed reach out and touch them on land as well. AC-130's would have a field day with these folks.