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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mohamed Farrah Aidid
In strategic manhunts, the United States tends to get its man. These are operations in which killing or capturing an individual is a key (and often the) objective of a military deployment. Four months ago, Navy SEALs closed perhaps the most remarkable chapter in the history of U.S. strategic manhunts by storming a compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, and killing Osama bin Laden. Yet success did not provide closure; it generated questions and controversy.
While President Obama battles Republicans in Congress over federal budgets, spiraling debt and out-of-control spending, another out-of-control phenomena - namely piracy, continues to wreak havoc on the world economy with an estimated cost of $15 billion by 2015.
The top U.S. diplomat for Africa faced a revealing question at a press conference in Uganda that exposed African suspicions about the American role in Somalia, a failed state threatened by Muslim terrorists loyal to al Qaeda and plagued with pirates who attack ships in the Indian Ocean.
"Somalia is a problem on three dimensions and levels," he added, according to a transcript of the press conference provided by Uganda's Daily Monitor newspaper.