View Poll Results: Should US Navy and military do more about pirate attacks off Africa?

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  • Yes, the seas must remain safe and open.

    24 60.00%
  • Maybe, but only in response to pirate attacks.

    5 12.50%
  • No, we should not involve in unless US citizens are captured

    10 25.00%
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    Re: Should US Navy do more concerning pirate attacks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Really difficult to enact in practice. Just to copy what I had put earlier: Putting arms on a vessel dramatically raises maritime and employee insurance costs and makes it very difficult to put your ship into harbor as most countries will not allow you to dock with weapons on board and you cant exactly ditch them over the side when you reach your destination. Realistically you would need an international convention to make this workable on a large scale.
    To bypass the last bit - a ship could leave the weapons in international waters on a boat of some sort - perhaps they pay a fee to some enterprising person to hold their gear til they leave port.

    Insurance companies should LOWER what they charge if the ships are armed. Depending on how. And what training.
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    Re: Should US Navy do more concerning pirate attacks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Agreed but its very difficult to make happen in practice. Putting arms on a vessel dramatically raises maritime and employee insurance costs and makes it very difficult to put your ship into harbor as most countries will not allow you to dock with weapons on board. Realistically you would need an international convention to make this workable on a large scale. That leaves the Navy as the course of action.
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    Re: Should US Navy do more concerning pirate attacks?

    I voted yarrrrrrr! Matey!

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    Re: Should US Navy do more concerning pirate attacks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    I don't support any military action that has our military's hands tied. I am sick of sending our people into situations where politics is more important than winning and staying alive. If the Navy is allowed to stalk and kill the pirates, send SEALs ashore and kill them, etc. Total War. Then yes. Otherwise no.
    You don't need SEALs for this one. If US Navy vessels were given free reign to blow any vessel that looks to be used for piracy out of the water with no questions asked, piracy would cease in a week. No one wants their dingy blown out of the water when they use it not only for piracy, but for fishing as well.
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    Re: Should US Navy do more concerning pirate attacks?

    Rescue our people, then blow them to bits.

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    Re: Should US Navy do more concerning pirate attacks?

    Yes. But they also need to reduce wasteful spending - audit the federal reserve. Cut the size of government in half. Gary Johnson vastly reduced the size of government while Governor of New Mexico. He went into office with a huge budget deficit in 1995 and left office in 2003 with a huge budget surplus.

    That's called common sense.

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