Obama's first foreign policy crisis will be...
... the Somali pirates. (That would be the "test" Biden predicted.) Couldn't be more obvious, could it? Blooomberg:
Pirates have attacked about 125 ships this year off Somalia’s east coast and in the Gulf of Aden sailing to and from Egypt’s Suez Canal, a route used by 20,000 ships a year carrying a 10th of world trade. About 45 were seized. There were 37 reported attacks in 2007, the French government said.
The attacks have prompted the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the U.S., India, Russia and France to dispatch about 15 warships to the pirate-infested area, which is three times the size of Texas.
Yet piracy has continued unabated, in part because it would take 300 warships to control every ship movement in the 772,200- square-mile area, [Christophe Prazuck, a spokesman for the French military,] said.
Anyhow, that would be what the service chiefs in the Navy wants.
We'll just have to see what the Army and the Air Force wants.
Me, I'm betting on a multi-national American-led integrated task force after an incident. Let's just hope the Somalis haven't been reading their Van Riper if the emphasis is on the Navy.