U.S. Policy in Somalia Update

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 13, 2010

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson and Ambassador to the UN Mission in Rome Ertharin Cousin recently conducted a briefing on U.S. Policy in Somalia. During the event, Assistant Secretary Carson stated:

"The Somali people have suffered tremendously throughout more than 20 years of conflict, and Somalia's turmoil destabilizes not only that country, but the region and also some aspects of the international community. The U.S. recognizes that any long-term solution to the crisis in Somalia must be an inclusive political solution. We continue to call upon all those who seek peace in Somalia to reject terrorism and violence, and to participate in the hard work of stabilizing the country for the benefit of Somalia's population."Full Text



United States
March 15, 2010

Zharkov in USA writes:

$185 million is a lot of money to spend in a place as poor as Somalia.

What steps does the US take to monitor the use of that money to ensure that it is not being diverted by Somali public officials for their own private use?

Donald M.
Virginia, USA
March 16, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

3 16 10


I agree with you on this one. Remembering the past is still valid. When we had "Black Hawk Down" in Somalia our troops came under heavy fire, we lost casualties. Who in there greatest wisdom came up with this idea to send money to a country that will only promote more Piracy, More Vessels being taken, More Lawless people on earth. Somebody needs to get their head examined, when hostages are taken from ships for months, hostage demands for millions of dollars have been paid to the Somalia pirates, and they still continue to steal, what does NOT belong to them, and were sending them MONEY? You don't reward lawlessness, you don't give money to countries that will only incite more terrorism. It just doesn't work because they will only use the money to buy more weapons, seize more ships, and take more goods that don't belong to them. Do they need help, they do but it comes from God NOT from the USA. It's about time the State Department learns a lesson from God. Why should it be the United States Blessings to pay for Somalia? When we all know that Congress has stepped across the line, buried itself in debt, and without any kind of consequence, has compromised our Own National Security by borrowing money from other Nations to pay for countries who do not care about patrolling their own borders, their own countries or waters. How is our responsbility? When will they start taking a level fo responsbility for their own actions. Read this quote below and see if it fits with sending money to Somalia or any where else in the world that promotes terrorism or vessels or people taken hostage?

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America"


Abdul S.
Maryland, USA
April 7, 2010

Abdul S. in Maryland writes:

Is somalia recognized by US. If yes or No please explain.

Thank You

New Mexico, USA
April 8, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Abdul S. in Maryland,

Welcome to the blog.

I believe this quote from the full text of his remarks will answer everyone's questions including your's.

"The United States and the international community, the UN, the AU, and our European allies, among others, have chosen to stand with those seeking an inclusive, peaceful Somalia. We have provided limited military support to the Transitional Federal Government. We do so in the firm belief that the TFG seeks to end the violence in Somalia that is caused by al-Shabaab and other extremist organizations."

-U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson


@ Assistant Sec. of State Carson,
CC; Dipnote Bloggers

Gonna be real hard to reach "political solutions" with al-shiskebab scewering everyone's chances to achieve peace, sir.

Now either we do this right or folks can be pretty confident that given enough time without a comprehensive solution, Somalia will become the next Afghanistan and we have no better time than the present to prevent half-measures and underfunding a tentative government from coming back to hurt folks here in the States.

If you want to end piracy, end it on the ground where they spend the profits in support of terror.

And do it with a leviathan footprint, not piecemeal.

No need to "Americanize" this Mr. Carson, we just have to get the folks that are already dealing with piracy to figure out that if they want it to stop, a little nation building is in order, in order to restore order and the rule of law.

It's that simple, and folks will make it as complicated as possible in order to find an excuse not to - for another decade if possible.

I mean, if folks were taking this seriously, we wouldn't be having these problems right?

Not for this long a duration my friend, there's a mountain of evidence accumulated that folks just don't consider it a priority...20 years worth.

Maybe you and I and my government cares, so pardon my logic sir; We don't want to "Americanize" Afghanistan or Iraq either, but they have functioning governments and the prospects for peace because of it and our coalition partners.

And it's that simple.

Best regards, along with my hopes for something better for the average citizens of Somalia.


Anwar M.
November 5, 2010

Anwar M. in Ethiopia writes:

please share me information on the new prime minister "Farmajo" of Somalia's core intrest in line with U.S. pOLICY on Somalia


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