the string of disappointments as you call them began during the VietNam era, when politicians instead of the military leaders began dictating strategy. Our military IS the best in the world (Israel's come a close second not in training but because of numbers) because of how they are trained and their determination and dedication to the job, and would be more successful if the politicians would take off the gloves and let them do what they know how to do best. What's the point of all that training if you have PC politicians pulling them back from actually winning a war or battle? You have more frustrated military personnel, even up to the top tiers, over the last 50 years than you ever had in the first 150.
Abu Han? Al Libi in Libya. A long time high ranking member of Al Qaeda and on the arrest or kill list, and the man who is suspected of the Embassy Bombings in Africa 15 or so years ago. He's being brought to the States for interrogation and trial, or so I understood earlier in the day.
Apparently an attack was carried out in Somalia against Al Shabab, or Al Shishkebab as they will be known if the attack turned out well. The last news I saw was still unclear as to how successful that attack was.
I don't know if anyone else has been sitting down wondering, "How come the US, the most capable military force in the world has had a string of disappointments going back to Desert One?"
Two coordinated virtually simultaneous strikes on targets over 1500 miles apart by two separate groups, conceivably of different components of the US Special Forces (no information yet) is a significant feat.
Hope the Somalia raid turned out well, and the US Forces got away unscathed.
Behaviour which goes unpunished is repeated, Behaviour which costs the perpetrator dearly tends not to be tried again.
Regarding the Somali Pirates, There was a cargo vessel in World War 1 called a Q Ship. It was a tub, and was sent out to attract German submarines. At that time, Subs attacked primarily on the surface. As soon as the Sub ordered the ship to stop, the sides dropped down revealing 4 inch and 6 inch guns which shot the sub to pieces. Hang a rusty old tanker out off the coast of Somalia with .50 calibre mgs, and 20 mm and 40 mm FF cannon and see how long the pirates last.