God bless Sean Lee, who has figured out a way to allow me to talk about pirates and Lebanon. If anyone figures out a way to bring military innovation theory into this conversation, let me know. (I suspect it will not be hard, actually.)
We need to deal with this problem from the beach side, in concert with the ocean side, but we don’t have an embassy in Somalia and limited, ineffective intelligence operations. We need to work in Somalia and in Lebanon, where a lot of the ransom money has changed hands. But our operations in Lebanon are a joke, and we have no presence at all in Somalia.