For months now, radical leaders have been urging followers to opt for simple shootings over complex attacks. The shooting Wednesday took place outside a busy terminal at Frankfurt Airport.
In the past, the US has asked other nations, such as Kenya, to handle cases involving Somali pirates. But some expect a different strategy this time.
Italy and Spain depend on Libya for as much as 22 percent and 13 percent of total crude consumption, respectively, a supply not easily replaced on short notice.
In the past, pirates have been very reluctant to harm captives, but on Tuesday, four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates were killed.
The US has important strategic interests in Bahrain, including the US Navy's Fifth Fleet – patrolling oil shipping lanes, keeping an eye on Iran, and involved with the war in Afghanistan. But US officials also worry about Bahrain's violent response to pro-democracy demonstrators.
Foreign-policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski discussed the response to US calls for political change in Egypt, his rating of President Obama's foreign policy, and GOP threats to cut US foreign aid at a Feb. 10 Monitor breakfast.
A US judge sentenced Somali pirate Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse to nearly 34 years in prison, citing a need to deter others. But the problem is getting to those who finance piracy operations.
The uprisings in Egypt are just the latest in a slew of strategic shocks the US has found itself reacting to, rather than predicting. But these hazards are observable, and the US must better consider game-changing crises in advance.
To avoid bloodshed and ensure democracy in Egypt, a political process of some sort is needed, Zbigniew Brzezinski says. The challenge is tougher than it was to help European freedom movements decades ago.
The Obama administration should pay attention to 'self-restraint, tone, and discretion,' said Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as national security adviser under President Carter.