Holy crap, it's late and I have a deadline...another speaking engagement tonight, but this one had a two-hour lodge-type-meeting-thingy attached to it. Oh, and it was an hour away. And I hadn't even remotely thought of anything to post about.
So here I am watching The Daily Show make fun of the whole pirate situation in the Gulf of Aden. Wish I had the time and inclination to really write what I think...but instead I'll go quick and dirty with gaping holes.
Piracy = increased danger to merchant shipping = fewer seamen hire on and higher maritime insurance rates and ships taking longer routes.
Means shipping companies pay lots more money to transport goods.
Since 90% of world trade travels by sea means YOU PAY MORE for shit.
Navy can only do so much - history shows piracy is defeated ON LAND.
No land forces really available. Europe won't go. Somalia a shithole and festering with extremism as it is - if all you did was carpet bomb Harradera and send in the Marines (again, if you had any to spare) you'd only make more angry pirates willing to ally with extremists.
But you can't let the f**kers get away with it.
Sooooo, we (and by we I mean everyone, not just the US) need to figure out a way to:
1. Get rid of the pirates.
2. Get rid of extremists while keeping new ones from popping up.
3. Improve socioeconomic conditions (really helps with number 2).
Oh...and do them all in tandem...
It is. It's a vast oversimplification, too.
But unf**king Africa is at least as important to our long term security as the Middle East.
We have some (thousands) already there, working on number 3. But that's just one prong.
Too tired to be more lucid. Like I said, big holes. Just hit post already.
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