"The continuation of Washington’s current approach in Somalia would ensure that U.S. interests and those of other countries in the region remain dangerously vulnerable to terrorist attacks from this collapsed state. Continued fighting between Islamist elements and the U.S.-backed warlord alliance will breed resentment, attract recruits to the extremist cause and provide a training ground for new militants. The United States can no longer afford not to engage more deeply and directly in state reconstruction efforts in Somalia. It is in our national security interest to do so." Prendergast
At the time that we intervened in Somalia for humanitarian reasons the American ambassador to Kenya wrote an op/ed piece in which he predicted that no good would come of intruding ourselves into the internal wars of a place as wild and fractious as Somalia. He was right. What we did, and evidently continue to so was to disrupt whatever fragile bonds there were that held the Somali state together. As Somalia disintegrated under the pressure of our aspirations for it, the component parts, focused on the US as the intruder and alienator. What followed is well known.
We did much the same thing in Iraq, but by March, 2003 it had become clearer that for the Jacobin/neocon crowd chaos leading to revolutionary social change and westernization would suffice as a substitute for a smooth and peaceful transition to the same desired "end state."
We left Somalia in the aftermath of the Battle of Mogadishu. We left it to disintegrate further, except that it seems that the "long warriors" have continued to meddle there. And what a splendid outcome they have now brought into being. An Islamist militia has conquered the capital and may do well in the rest of the "country."
In response, the United States is toying with the idea of "dealing with" the Islamists there. That would be logical. Remember, our foreign policy crew has been playing "footsy" with "moderate" Islamists in Egypt for years now.
How about this idea? We adopt a policy of just leaving the Somalis to work out their own problems. How about that, Mr. Prendergast?