Wasn't this considered "wrong" when it was done to Condi Rice?
Then I read the actual article, which takes President Obama to task with his not wanting to order the Navy to go after the Somalia pirates. Which made me wonder, exactly how did the Bush administration deal with these pirates since they are nothing new...It was a complicated issue back in November of 2008...Ironically the same type of military action that Ralph Peters is suggesting the Obama administration should take against the pirates is something that when the Bush administration suggested? Wasn't supported by military leaders and others.
I'm pretty well known for having no problem calling out our current President when I disagree with something he's done, but the reality is the problem in Somalia isn't going to be fixed by killing the pirates or even sending our military into Somalia to hunt them down.
It's also interesting how many seem to forget the US's role in Somalia, a flashback to 2007:
The current downward spiral began in December 2006, when Ethiopian troops, backed by U.S. intelligence and air and naval support, overthrew Somalia's Islamic Courts Union, a conservative Muslim regime that had ruled for just six months.
U.S. views on the Courts were influenced by Ethiopia's prime minister Meles Zenawi, a brutal dictator who is a staunch ally in the War on Terror and also a major recipient of U.S. humanitarian and military aid. Meles had his own reasons for toppling the Mogadishu regime: He accused the Courts of aiding separatists in the Ogaden desert, a vast, ethnically Somali region that lies within Ethiopia's borders. The two countries fought a war over the Ogaden in the late 1970s. These days, the region is the scene of brutal internal warfare, and may soon be familiar in the way of Darfur.
We helped a brutal dictator, then left the people there to suffer, and are surprised that things are bad...sound familiar?
Piracy is bad, but clearly some in Somali find it preferable to starvation...