Originally Posted by Mystic
Obama orders the murder of civilian criminals.
I'm not sure he ordered the shooting, but gave permission for it to occur if necessary to protect an innocent life.
Why does the US not have more ships designed for this kind of patrol task?
The Aegis-equipped destroyers are all well and good, but their primary purpose is for a different fight altogether.
The US needs smaller, faster ships, soon. The littoral combat ship program is way, way, way overdue. Why can countries such as Sweden and Norway create amazing craft that could be put to use against pirates very effectively? They have smaller budgets, smaller militaries and so on.
The Norwegians have an amazing craft in the Skjold, which the US even borrowed for a year to evaluate.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skjold_class_patrol_boat
Even Sweden's Visby class would do the job well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visby_class_corvette
Small, fast, inexpensive to operate, small crew. For a lot less money, you could have more boats in the area able to defend against the small pirate vessels. Airborne surveillance could get a fix on the craft and vector in a patrol boat (radar on the boats is not always perfect due to sea conditions; much better to have eyes in the sky).
The US is too invested in big-ticket items. Take the F-22 battle waging now; lots of people want it, but it is simply not necessary (it has not been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan) and too expensive. A certain number is needed, but the money after that could be far better spent on "smaller" items that can be used more effectively.