Absent more forceful US role, others make frantic bid to halt fighting.
Its warships and special forces are due in the Gulf of Aden by Jan. 6.
In cash-strapped, hungry Somalia, the pirate life may be risky, but payoffs are huge.
UN allows antipiracy forces to chase them onto land, attack them by air. But Security Council seems unprepared to address the instability that makes Somalia a 'failed state.'
A Bush administration proposal to allow foreign forces to go ashore in Somalia to hunt the country's notorious pirates is getting a cool reception from US military leaders, regional analysts, and some Somali officials.
With Bush set to leave, the administration tries to nudge forward the process it started in 2007.
The three Pakistanis and one Saudi named belong to Lashkar-e-Taiba.