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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Stopping ships at sea?

In the past "interdiction" means seizing trucks and stopping ships at sea. How does this go down?
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is on her way to Washington and could ink a sort of memorandum of understanding with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as soon as tomorrow.....

Under the agreement, according to an Israeli official who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because the text has not yet been made public, the US would organize like-minded countries to use methods like interdiction to prevent arms from reaching Gaza....

The official did not know if the incoming Obama administration had officially signed off on the proposed agreement, but said Israel is confident they will not back out of the deal once President-elect Obama takes office on Tuesday.


  • Sounds like the US will be in charge of the embargo.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:24 AM  

  • Yeah. And absorbing all the flak.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 6:18 AM  

  • It's all very risky, and for very little benefit.

    As I've pointed out before, naval incidents are excellent flashpoints for larger conflict. The "Mayaguez Incident" greatly accelerated our involvement in Vietnam, for example.

    If a Chinese or Russian vessel refuses to be boarded, or a "miscommunication" occurs during this effort, the consequences could be dire.

    Further, as we've seen lately, the number of "like-minded countries" is rapidly dwindling.

    By Blogger Todd Dugdale, at 8:27 PM  

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