With all deference and respect to Admiral “Rat” Willard, Commander, US Pacific Command, we’ve got the “been there/done that” t-shirt:
A top U.S. commander Wednesday said piracy in Somalia can only be defeated if the international community helps restore governance in the poor, lawless African country.
That didn’t go so well, last time around, and getting our butts kicked out of Somalia only encouraged Osama bin Laden’s fevered reveries of re-establishing the global caliphate, one airliner at a time.
Adm. Robert Willard, chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, said navy patrols alone cannot stop the hijacking of ships if pirates’ bases onshore are allowed to operate without interference. The international community is spending millions of dollars a day maintaining a flotilla of warships to protect key shipping lanes off East Africa.
“The organizers, the funders are the central problem … but the international community has been unable to determine how to tackle the problem onshore,” Willard told a regional forum in Malaysia.
Actually, we have. We just don’t remember.
“Unless the international community goes to the root, and not the far end of the problem, it won’t be solved.”
No disagreement there.