April 19, 2009

FEED THE APETITITE WITH A DIFFERENT DIET:

U.S. Weighs Changes in Strategy to Fight Pirates (JOHN W. MILLER and PETER SPIEGEL, 4/18/09, WSJ)

Some Pentagon officials now want to formulate policy to encourage more daring commando raids, according to U.S. military officials. They say a mix of special operations forces and conventional Navy assets at sea would be able to pinpoint pirate gangs on land and attack them once they move into water.

"Whatever happened to punitive expeditions?" says a senior military official, who is involved in discussions about Somali strategy. "That used to be part of what we did." The official contended there once was more of an appetite for such missions. President Bill Clinton in 1993 ordered the bombing of Iraq's intelligence headquarters in retaliation for an attempted assassination of former President George H.W. Bush, for example, and President Ronald Reagan attacked Libya in 1986 for its alleged involvement in the terrorist bombing of a West Berlin disco.


Except that they don't have a sovereign to attack, so the comparison is pointless. The change ought to be to treat them like al Qaeda in Western Pakistan and just use Predators wherever they're clustered.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2009 7:03 AM
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