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#1 Thanks to Goldwater-Nichols they've already got seperate (but still somewhat visible) funding streams. They enjoy priority of resources on the battlefield in AFG. If you wish to take Congress TOTALLY out of the process and make the Country Team, State Department, Executive Branch and CIA the lead for a seperate private service under a "black funding line" have at it!
Posted by Besoeker 2012-02-14 07:31||
#2 This sounds great on paper but ultimately will lead to the same screwups that we see regularly with police no knock raids
Posted by blackjack 2012-02-14 10:40||
#3 There is a very good reason that conventional and special operations forces are different and contentious.
Like heart surgeons and brain surgeons, they can both be very good at what they do, but they are not operationally interchangeable.
While special operations are fighting the WoT, the conventional forces have to be preparing, at all levels, for not just a major war with China, but also to be able to intervene in medium sized wars between a multitude of belligerents to prevent it from going nuclear.
That being said, special operations should, for the most part, be migrated out of the Pentagon and to the CIA, becoming its operations branch.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-02-14 11:14||
#4 Beg to differ with you on that one Moose. If the Central "Intelligence" Agency had been doing it's job, there might not be a GWOT or need for SOF or In-Extremis force involvement, let alone dedicated SOF for an agency military operations section that was ignored or looked down upon for decades.
Aside from the current Director, if you think the agency is "pro-military" you really need to take a second look. It's all about funding, exploitation of the market share, and don't forget.... excellent soldiers.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-02-14 11:28||
#5 Political Generals are bad enough but political CIA "managers" are NOT what our Spec Ops folks need.
Posted by tipover 2012-02-14 12:09||
#6 Yes. What every democracy needs is a spook shop with a private army.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2012-02-14 13:02||
#7 Then BHO won't be able to say, "I approved of the operation."
Posted by Hupeagum Wheamp5986 2012-02-14 18:15||
#8 Ah yes, the proposed [OWG-NWO?] "GLOBAL SPECIAL FORCES ALLIANCE".
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-02-14 19:27||
#9 I posted this because I was surprised to learn that there were things that JSOC was barred from doing. Who knew?
These guys have been spectacularly successful. All I will say is be careful when you dance with the devil....
Posted by Mike Ramsey 2012-02-14 22:24||