Comments: Time for Naval, Air Strikes Against Pirates in Somalia

It is time we resumed the old penalties for piracy. It speaks well of the professionalism of our military that ANY of the pirates survived the raid on the vessel after boarding and finding the hostages dead.

Blockade the Somali pirate ports and sink ANY vessel attempting to enter or leave them. To keep the blockading naval crews amused, let them destroy at whim any unoccupied vessels on shore. Lather, rinse, and repeat until there are no vessels.

For pirate vessels and motherships caught at sea, confiscate and sink same. No need to take the crews into custody, just release them on the spot. Do not provide them with additional transportation or flotation devices. In the alternative, provide them with air transport back to their home ports and release them there ... at altitude.

Posted by Tully at February 22, 2011 11:38 AM

"From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea...."

Let 'em fight!

Posted by arb at February 22, 2011 11:41 AM

I was going to ask if the Quest was flagged American, but then I remembered Piracy is a crime against civilization and all civilized nations have an obligation to destroy it where-ever it shows itself.

Where are the other "Civilized" nations?

Posted by Gus Bailey at February 22, 2011 01:21 PM

Reactivate USS New Jersey and USS Missouri.

Posted by SouthernRoots at February 22, 2011 01:29 PM

Employ the equivalent of the Q-ships of WWI & WWII -- decoy ships with substantial, but hidden, armament. Blow the scum out of the water when they make their play, and take no prisoners.

Posted by Charlie at February 22, 2011 01:30 PM

No one in any of the present or former administrations has any desire nor the balls to undertake such a just cause, nor probably not in any future admins. either, for we have lost our moral compass.

Posted by tjbbpgobIII at February 22, 2011 02:23 PM

Here are my ideas

Posted by Professor Hale at February 22, 2011 03:23 PM

If pirated vessels were declared as salvage and any private organization could recover those ships and their contents as salvage with no risk for criminal trials regardless of how many were killed in the retaking...this might do the job as well.

Posted by iconoclast at February 22, 2011 03:49 PM

What's so friggin' hard about this? Do this:

A swarm of A-10s over the offending home ports; shoot up EVERY ship there, without warning, without apology!

Posted by Earl T at February 22, 2011 03:55 PM

Pedecaris alive or Rasauli dead!

Posted by Andrew X at February 22, 2011 04:29 PM

The problem is that there isn't a 'home port' for the pirate fleet. It is a bunch of scattered fishing villages who have simply found that taking hostages is worth more than pull fish from the ocean, especially since they have religious justification for it.

The Q-ship thing has merits, but RPGs take out tanks, they will sink anything that is going to look like a civilian pleasure ship.

This administration will never want to risk the negative press of having a group of pirates hung by the neck off of the fantail. OTOH, look for a redeployment of RPVs off of Africa sometime soon. A Hellfire missile will sink a boat pretty well, and the ocean covers up all traces.

Posted by MunDane at February 23, 2011 10:20 AM

The problem is that international law no longer supports appropriate penalties for piracy. In fact, you can get in a heap of trouble trying to give pirates a job stretching rope.

No, sadly, the best solution after you catch a bunch of pirates is to do what the Russians did -- release them. In a small boat. In the middle of the ocean. And to keep going after you do so, reminding yourself that their pleas for help when their boat overturns due to your wake is probably just a trick to give them another chance to hijack your ship.

Posted by Mark L at February 23, 2011 10:25 AM

They need to put out baitships like they do with stolen cars. A ship which carries a special forces "SEAL" team. When pirates make their move then the Americans annailiate them. They would think twice about taking an American vessel.

Posted by Evan Bradow at February 23, 2011 04:00 PM

I've quoted you and linked to you here:

Posted by Consul-At-Arms at February 24, 2011 11:47 PM

Charlie, I was thinking the same thing! I imagined some wealthy former navy guy who outfits a tramp cargo ship with hidden 25mm chain guns and gives these jerks what fer.

If we were at war with a maritime power harassing shipping, we would no doubt destroy the source of the problem and launch airstrikes against the onshore pirate bases. But what do I know?

Posted by stuntborg at February 28, 2011 05:06 PM