Cheaper Piracy Patrols? Some Suggestions…
Peter S. Green at Bloomberg reports that the US State Department is looking for cheaper alternatives for battling pirates off the coast of Somalia. The bills are heaping up:
The U.S. says it wants to find cheaper options to battle pirates off the coast of Somalia, as an international naval force has pushed the seaborne brigands from the 1 million square miles of the Gulf of Aden into an area twice that size in the Indian Ocean.
“The locus of pirate activity has shifted and we are trying to deal with it,” Tom Countryman, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, said in Washington today. “It’s expensive, and that’s why we feel strongly the need to pursue the lowest-cost options to deter piracy.”
So glad you asked Mr Under-Secretary. A few suggestions. First less of this:
More of these: