Originally Posted by DougR.
What action do you propose? Blow any suspect craft in the area out of the water and let God sort out the innocent? Invade Somalia and involve our already streched thin military in a third front? The major problem is that many of our timid Euorpean friends would much rather pay the ransom and look the other way.
Talking tough is easy, putting a rational winning strategy into action is not.
With the fiscal situation as it is, I cannot see launching another major military action to be viable. While the loss of 4 American lives is regrettable, that alone is not worth plunging us billions of dollars more into debt.
Doug, I imagine you would not have wanted our Navy to cross the Atlantic to fight the Barbary Pirates two centuries ago, either.
When Seven Seas Voyager crossed gulf of Aden last year, they were put into a convoy. They had Israeli commandos join the ship, too. Unfortunately, unless you are sticking to a set speed or set course, it is hard to put all ships into convoys.