J. Michael Waller over at PoliticalWarfare.org writes in the above-mentioned post,

Piracy on the high seas has been a military issue for the United States since the founding of the Republic. President Thomas Jefferson waged our first foreign war to fight Islamic pirates in the Mediterranean.

So why is President Barack Obama dithering full-speed ahead, with the FBI impounding the pirated Maersk Alabama as a “crime scene”? Why doesn’t the Navy have standing orders to kill any pirate who harasses an American ship or crewman on the high seas?

Islamist pirates preying on innocent shipping off Somalia operate under a defined command-and-control system, often through tribal elders on land.

Good questions that need to be asked since the most powerful Navy in the history of the world is now in a stand-off with a bunch of criminals.

To read the rest of Dr. Waller’s post, click here.

Posted by Jim Dolbow in Maritime Security, Piracy

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  • Byron

    With all due respect, I suggest that we save the warfare and political comments for tomorrow. It is after all, a day to rejoice, is it not?

  • fnord

    Came over here from abumuqawama.blogspot.com. Would point out that the pirates and the Islamists are in conflict internally. To speak about Islamist pirates is therefore wrong.

  • PK

    our sailors know how to drag swabs, let them drag pirates.
    (if you think thats bad go to Hot Air, that normally mellow group has been screaming for blood, guts and gore now for about 5 days).

  • Jerry

    The Navy doesn’t have standing orders to kill any pirates who harasses an American ship because, thankfully, the government of the United States and the USN balks at the sheer death count it would take to get these people to stop.

    In order to get them to stop, you not only have to make them fear death — you have to make fear death on the high seas so much that the life of squalor and hopelessness they have at home is better in comparison.

    Any solution of “kill them all and let God sort them out” would eventually work — but the price on our souls would be immense. Kind of ironic when discussed at Easter.


  • Total

    “most powerful Navy in the history of the world”

    I suspect that if we were truly the above, we’d be able to deal with pirates.

  • UltimaRatioReg

    Combat power is not the issue. It is the willingness to use that power once it becomes necessary, and recognizing when it is necessary, that is a very big problem at the moment.

    The Navy, like all the other services, is the “admixture of other means”, not a means to itself.

    More than 96 hours later…..

  • RickWilmes

    The more important question is:

    Why should the US Navy come to the rescue of an unprotected ship carrying “humanitarian aid” to third world countries at tax payers expense?

    As far as I am concerned, this is another example of self-less, self-sacrifice run amok. This is no different than sending a hospital ship to Gaza. The same principles are involved, the particular concretes differ.

    I, for one, am tired of such nonsense.

  • WesBringham

    “Why should the US Navy come to the rescue of an unprotected ship carrying “humanitarian aid” to third world countries at tax payers expense?”

    Because it was a “US-flagged” vessel with an American crew. Our merchant marine is small enough as it is these days, but it will get even smaller if rovers and brigands are allowed to violate our sovereignty without punishment.

    This was the correct action and is in our national interest. The next thing for us to consider is eradication of the pirates in their homes.

  • RickWilmes


    The one thing we agree on is the fact the pirates and their bases should be eradicated. We most likely agree that the same thing should happen to the location in North Korea that launced the missile over Japan. However, so long as our culture and our leaders are mired in self-less, self-sacrificial pragmatism no such eradication is going to happen.

  • PK

    “yet lives our hero still”

    could have done with about three days less palaver but came out ok in the end.


  • Grampa Bluewater

    Recommend a brief review of the latter part of the biography of Capt David Porter, USN, naval hero of the War of 1812, father of the Porter brothers, and stepfather to David Farragut.

    The family of the Captain of Maersk Alabama prayed for an Easter miracle. Their request was granted.