"'There is no purely military solution to it,' [piracy] Gates said in an address to the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Va. 'There's really no way in my view to control it unless you get something on land that begins to change the equation for these kids.' ... Among the advocates for more serious initiatives in Somalia has been Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, commander of US naval forces in the Middle East, who on Suday reiterated his ships could only do so much and 'the ultimate solution for piracy is on land'," Peter Spiegel at the WSJ, 14 April 2009.
Where do I begin with how incompetent, or worse Gates is? That we fought terrorists for over seven years shows our strategy and tactics incompetence. Gates should be fired. Now! What does "holistic approach" mean? Programs "rely on unproven technology", gee. Gates sounds like, drumroll please, a stupid accountant! The Manhattan Project relied on "unproven technology" too! Gates is a bigger danger to the Republic than al-Queda is, was or ever could be. Gates should find himself a sinecure somewhere with a foreign embassy. I understand the Saudis have lots of money. Gates find yourself a sinecure there. I've posted on the F-22 before, 12 March 2009: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2009/03/modern-weapons-and-cpas.html.