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Invasion and occupation has worked so well for us recently...
This is my point. In many ways it has. However, to pull it off completely, it will take a very very long time.

If you don't have that kind of commitment, don't go. But that doesn't mean, it wouldn't work.

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You are absolutely correct about the national commitment necessary to achive the original goal. It has worked in the past and would work in the future. This goal would need the George S. Patton type of committment, not current form of the " let me take a poll and call Wall St to get permission " kind of committment. Not since before Korea have we had leaders with the right stuff.
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I would agree with Dog that nothing will change until Somalia has a stable government. However, that is very unlikely to happen soon. We went into Mogadishu and look what happened. Moreover, the pirates are holding something like 600 prisoners who would be killed if anyone tried to rescue them or attacked the pirates where they live. We could certainly begin attacking any ship in the area with guns on board and even stopping suspicious ships but that would guarantee the deaths of the hostages currently held and any that may be taken in the future. I do not think the world would stand for that.
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