Obama was correct to make the order to authorize this.
By his heritage alone, Obama is going to be an active proponent of helping Africa develop, but he's made the point that he will brook no foolishness from there.
The experts are correct; this was only round one. This will not stop acts of piracy on its own. But, this was the first direct confrontation between Somalian pirates and the United States, and they got thier balls kicked up into their throat and went home with their tail between their legs.
What happens next is entirely up to the pirates' leaders. If they make good on their threats to make America mourn, then they'll have hell brought down upon their heads the likes of which won't be able to handle.
There are elements of the US military that was ready to go into Somalia at the drop of a hat after the Blackhawk Down incident; who were outraged at the sight of our troops being dragged insultingly through the streets, and wanted nothing better than to go in and teach the little cocksuckers some respect. Clinton opted not to send them, and I agree that it was the wrong move.
I've seen the interviews with Somali militants involved in it; self-righteous little bastards that walked around full of swagger that they punched America in the nose and made it go home, when what we should have done was let our guys get back in the ring and lop off their heads and spit down their throat.
The pirates have promised to make America cry; to paraphrase General Sherman, we need make Somalia howl.
In that regard I think a fight has been brewing between us for years, and it might finally be coming out at last. As was explained, the area of water surrounding Africa where the shipping lanes are threatened is four times the size of Texas. If a warship is under five miles from an attack ship and gets a timely call for help, they can get there in time to bust up a boarding attempt, otherwise itís all past tense. Thereís too much ocean for even the ships of an international policing effort to effectively guard.
The pirates show no sign of stopping; for the most part this is easy money for them. The required fix, then, is not sitting back hoping you can get lucky and catch them in the act. If Somalia makes good on its promise to retaliate on the US, then our navy needs to go find the pirates and pick a fight. We will have to actively hunt and kill the pirate fleet.
CNN keeps running this headline: Can the Pirates Be Stopped?
Donít be stupid; of course they can. Historically, piracy always flourished in geopolitical environments where they could get away with it until the powers-that-be decided they had enough and went in and took them apart. The end will be same this time around as well; what I sincerely hope is that many of the victimized nations will follow our example and make this the turning point in the piracy campaign, and the juncture that spelled the beginning of the end for their reign of terror on the high seas.