Friday, January 16, 2009

Piracy Update

I previously posted about the difficulties, strategic and otherwise, in containing pirates near the Horn of Africa. The Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet, Vice Admiral William Gortney, pictured, pointed out perhaps the most significant problem: No deterrent. How's that you say? Aren't there laws? Yes, but no country is willing to take the pirates in to try them. Why aren't we bring the pirates to the U.S. for trial? Are you kidding, after all the crap we took over Guatanamo? This isn't even our fight really, but the Saudis and others in the area won't lift a finger.

And all that help we're supposed to be getting from other nations.

The United States is expecting other nations to join the anti-piracy task force, but at the moment, the United States is the only country in the task force with just three ships off of the waters of Somalia.

That's right, three ships to patrol a million square miles of territory, source here. Good luck sailors, you're going to need it.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a job for Obama's Civlian Defense Corps!