lately I got so mo much work that it´s dificult to follow things...
Rome, as the great example of how an Empire must function never, ever, bother itself with a double talk or moral chit chat: freedom, rights, representation, politics was reserved to it´s citizens, specially the privileged citizens. All other peoples or nations were not even considered so Rome was free to conduct it´s "international" affairs as her best interests dictates. So Anthioc III, the Seleucids, the Macedonians or, mainly, Carthage find out: cities flattened, total extermination of any threat to Rome. Do Rome justified this with moral standing? Nope, they didn´t even bother: the total war justification came from practical approach. As did Genghis Khan and so many others.
The problem with US (as was superbly shown in the movie "Apocalypse Now" with Colonel´s Kurtz final monologue about the horror which is an obvious contribution from John Millius) is that they try to wage war and justitfy it morally. At the beginning there was no need of that, not even during the Civil War when Sherman conducted irrestricted total warfare and decided it was a pretty sight to burn Atlanta or Savannah or anything in his path (much a la Genghis Khan) or with Custer wiping out defenseless villages. The problem came with the liberals during XX Century: Wilson or FDR and the "need" to justify what was necessary. It seems that with Hitler or the Japanese there was no need to work a lot on that. But with the commies there was alway a resistance.
The US needs to be a superpower and act like one, on one hand, and wants to be perceived as a do-good, democratic, moral superior force in the world. The result of such ambiguity is plain evident, not only Pirates in the Somalian coast but:
Castro´s Cuba. Never invaded as it should might happened in the early sixties or after the fall of USSR.
North Korea. What´s the problem with wiping that country out? International opinion or moral issues? I think both, so the superpower is not so because it cares of a moral issue that sooner or later will achieve only a more serious disaster.
Gulf War of the 91. Just look at the newspapers, please
Iran. What the hell are people waiting? To find out that one day Tel Aviv doesn´t exists? Or the base at Diego Garcia?
Tora Bora? I never understood why, in God´s name, when Obama, sorry, Osama, was trapped there the US didn´t blew the whole region with a nuclear weapon and save the world the uncertainity and problems were are facing now.
Kicking the UN out of New York. Why not? The UN are just a bunch of lazy vermin that use US money and US soil to criticize the US. Let them put the UN HQ in Venezuela or Teheran for that effect and sell the UN building for something better: the Krusty the Clown fan club.
Is what I say moral? I think not. But is honest? I think it is because if a country is a superpower it can save to itself and to others the moral arguments and leave them to college boards and not in practical stances. Look at North Korea today. Is something going to happen to them for violating the treaties and the US help? Nope. Just talk but North Korea deserves what McArthur wanted since 1951.
The pirates... yes. Just send the US Navy which is underemployed these days (and over budgeted) and erase them from the face of the Earth. Like Crassus did with Spartacus: crucify the survivors along Via Apia as an example. After that I would like to see Chavez making another anti US speach...
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
Sir Winston Churchill