Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Navy Seals in Somalia

Fox reports:
Navy Seals from US Special Operations Forces conducted a raid in southern Somalia on Monday that killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, one of 4 co-conspirators wanted in the 2002 bombing of an Israel owned hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, two senior U.S. military officials told Fox News.
Excellent work. My thanks goes out to all involved.

I realize this is overly simplistic, but why isn't this type of operation the paradigm for the war on terror?
I think the support for anti-terror activities among the American people would be much higher if this type of operation was at the forefront of our efforts. After all, this still fits the case of "fighting them over there so we aren't fighting them here".

It's easy to say this type of small scale attack simply isn't sufficient against an enemy like Al Qaeda, but it's hard for me to see how destroying two nations and then spending a decade, billions of dollars, and thousands of American lives rebuilding them accomplishes this either.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Hear! Hear! I couldn't agree more. The only thing I object to is that it was an Israeli hotel, and we do not owe Israel anything. As a matter of fact, they are an example of the tail wagging the dog. But in so far as the tactic is concerned (small operations instead of all out wars, this makes much more sense than the Bush strategy of "saddle up and charge".