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I understand your point about why we are in the current position we find ourselves. I also agree with many of the points regarding what we should have done (or not done) to prevent being in that position. However, that was then and this is now, so we have to deal with this situation.
For starters, Star Wars was fiction. You asked how much space and time is needed to stop a motorboat from ramming into a moored Navy ship? It depends on how fast the boat is approaching, the radius of the ristricted area, and the watchman''s response. 30 knots is over 3000 feet per minute which is over 50 feet per second. If the restricted zone is 100 yards, the person on watch has less than 6 seconds to decide what action (if any) to take. I don''t know about you, but I sure wouldn''t want to be the watchman who has to decide whether or not to shoot at (what appears to be) a pleasure craft. All this can be avoided if we all stay clear of restricted areas.
Remember, we are at war. During times of war there will be restrictions imposed that would not be imposed if we were at peace. For example, ask your folks or grandparents about "rationing" during WWII.
Lastly, instead of giving the USCG a hard time, we should be providing them assistance and support for the job they have to do, which has been made considerably harder since 9/11.
~ Happy sails to you ~ _/) ~