we live in interesting times
♫ From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Houthi'li. ♪
Punishing pirates is why the United States has a navy.
Oddly enough, five days ago The Fat Electrician released a video on the Barbary Wars, back at the start of the US as an individual country and not a British colony.
Whether or not a Decatur or O'Bannon exists at this time is another question. There's certainly no question we don't have a Jefferson or Adams at the figurative helm of the country.
Perhaps the single biggest problem in the West, due entirely to our mal-education system, is the failure to understand history. Western Civ is based on many foundations, but one of the most important is that we killed our enemies. We stopped doing so in 1945, and have been declining since. Just wipe Yemen off the map. Problem: solved.
What would Stephen Deactur do about pirates?
Another consequence of our humiliating retreat from and defeat in Afghanistan not to mention the billions given or relased to the regime in Tehran. Seems like we are going back to the Jimmy Carter years.
I haven't read this entire article so forgive me if I take a swag at what may be going on from what I've read thus far. Iran backed rebels attack a ship that's crewed by persons from NATO countries. Could this be a big middle finger at NATO (USA), daring any action to be taken? If action is taken by NATO (USA), that would provide Iran the provocation they need to step up attacks on US military assets in the greater middle east. Like I stated, just a swag. Things are rarely what they seem...
An even half competent US military command authority could, within 24 hours of this post, ensure there is not one single flyable helicopter in all of Houthi controlled territory.
Ergo, any action less than that is a reinforcement of what we already know about our current feckless command authority.
If there are ANY flag officers reading this who still have a shred of personal honor...
CIC 'Sniffy', may not want to do this, but there is NOTHING preventing you from PROPOSING such a course of action.
Or does that retirement gig at Ingalls or Raytheon matter that much more than your honor?
We do not only count those who step up. Failing to step up does not leave you in some neutral space. ALL those who fail to step up are being counted as well.
And if there is any cosmic justice, come February, 2025, all those who FAILED to step up will be facing a future WITHOUT cushy retirement gigs, and will forever be known for their cowardice.
If the insurance companies of these vessels would allow armed security on board, this nonsense would end rather quickly.
The Houthis USED to be designated as a terrorist organization but in Feb 2021 some guy that has dumped $16 billion on the Iranians rescinded that designation. The slogan of the Houthis is “death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews.” Guess we're not on their good side.
Convoys is like herding cats, and as the vid shows the Houthis had eyes on target from a small boat, of which there are 9,997.6 floating around at any given time in the Red Sea. Lobbing a missile or two into Hudaydah is wasting $3 million to blow up 75 cents of mud and maybe 2-3 rebels. Maybe, however, about 20 nightly raids by US and Saudi F-15s, F-16s, toss in some F-35s for glory, and some special Tomahawks to lay waste to any and all infrastructure of any kind, might - just might - dampen their enthusiasm for "yo ho yo ho a pirate's life for me".
Never happen tho since we have many in DC that clearly favor Iran over Israel. Say, whatever happened to that Iranian spy ring in DC?
Hard-pressed to get up in arms about this when for generations (centuries?) Lines and their owners have refused to defend their ships.
A great opporunity to award medals with combat "Vs" and Combat Action Ribbons to fine young sailors. Add a few points to their scores when its time for promotion. Go for it.
Perhaps some variant of this might be useful: "This letter containing details as to procedure, was forwarded by Cominch to the Chief of Naval Operations on February 15, 1942, and CESF [Commander Easter Sea Frontier] was informed that the proposals had been "noted with interest" and were "under consideration." Five days later, on February 20, 1942, the Chief of Naval Operations informed Commander Eastern Sea Frontier that his proposals had been approved, that hereafter the matter would be known as "Project LQ"; that all communications on the matter would be made by word of mouth, insofar as practicable; that a responsible officer would be placed in charge of the work; that on completion, "Project LQ" would be assigned to the force of the Commander Eastern Sea Frontier.
Prior to the inception of "Project LQ," Cominch had arranged for the selection of three other vessels considered suitable for the intended purpose: a Boston trawler and two small cargo vessels of the three-island type. The beam trawler, diesel powered, had formerly operated with the fishing fleet out of Boston under the name, MS Wave. She was originally acquired. for conversion to an auxiliary minesweeper by the Commandant First Naval District. In fact, she was commissioned at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on March 5, 1942, as USS Eagle (AM-132). Her length was 133 feet, beam 26 feet, maximum speed, 10 knots. Her armament included one four-inch-fifty gun, two .50 calibre machine guns, 4 depth charge throwers, 2 Lewis .30 caliber machine guns, 5 sawed-off shotguns, 5 Colt .45 automatics and 25 hand grenades. She was also equipped with WEA echo ranging and listening equipment. Her complement was 5 officers and 42 enlisted men." https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/q/q-ships-during-world-war-ii.html#origins
This is not "piracy"...
no...this is WAR. Yemen declaired war.on Israel and now they are taking the shipping of their enemy Israel. Explain to me the legality of our (illigal) bases in Syria or our
illigal remaing in Iraq after we were
OFFICIALLY told to leave...
Might be a told-you-so-moment for Peter Zeihan.