PLAYING OFFENSE

Military Attack on Pirates?

Was the Navy SEALs' successful rescue of American captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates just the first strike in their mission? Bloomberg reports that the Pentagon is now considering the viability of attacking pirate bases in Somalia. "The military also is drawing up proposals to aid the fledgling Somalia government to train security forces and develop its own coast guard," according to Bloomberg. The Obama administration now faces the challenge of combating piracy and securing Africa's east coast, an important strategic gateway for international shipping and commerce. U.S. forces haven't been in the country since the early '90s, when 42 Americans died because President Clinton withdrew. But the Pentagon isn't looking to repeat history: "No such broad military effort is being seriously considered now."