"What's needed is an international force with boots on the ground, but not on the scale of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those commitments of money, time and blood have worn on the U.S. and its allies. Neither should the U.S. attempt a reprise of its 1993 foray into Mogadishu.
Instead, teams of small, elite forces, such as our own Green Berets, Britain's Special Air Service and Russia's Spetsnaz GRU, should be sent in to oust the warlords in targeted, coordinated attacks.
Such groups specialize in reconnaissance, counterterrorism, unconventional warfare and hostage rescue. Nimble, stealthy units would be less costly to support, and their operations could be augmented by naval air power.
The next step, far more daunting, is restoring a functioning Somali government. But first, let's dislodge these criminals and make the region safe again for shipping.
This has been a time of change for northern Africa. It should be Somalia's turn now."
EDITORIAL: Solution to Somali piracy: Eliminate the warlords - Bakersfield.com