Naval War College Review


It was both informative and a pleasure to read Martin Murphy’s “Suppression of Piracy and Maritime Terrorism” in the Summer 2007 issue of the Naval War College Review. I do want to comment on his use of the mining of Nicaraguan harbors in the mid-1980s to illustrate a successful strategy of economic dislocation focusing on maritime targets. In addition to being a former Foreign Service Officer who served in Central America during the period, I have recently had the opportunity to revisit the harbor mining while writing Crossroads of Intervention, my just- completed book about U.S. involvement in the wars there as a bridge between Vietnam and Iraq.