Monday, May 01, 2006

More Disturbing Pentagon News

These are excerts from this article in the Washington Post by Ann Scott Tyson, on April 23:

New Plans Foresee Fighting Terrorism Beyond War Zones
Pentagon to Rely on Special Operations

"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has approved the military's most ambitious plan yet to fight terrorism around the world and retaliate more rapidly and decisively in the case of another major terrorist attack on the United States, according to defense officials."

"Details of the plans are secret, but in general they envision a significantly expanded role for the military -- and, in particular, a growing force of elite Special Operations troops -- in continuous operations to combat terrorism outside of war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Developed over about three years by the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in Tampa, the plans reflect a beefing up of the Pentagon's involvement in domains traditionally handled by the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department.

For example, SOCOM has dispatched small teams of Army Green Berets and other Special Operations troops to U.S. embassies in about 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America, where they do operational planning and intelligence gathering to enhance the ability to conduct military operations where the United States is not at war.

And in a subtle but important shift contained in a classified order last year, the Pentagon gained the leeway to inform -- rather than gain the approval of -- the U.S. ambassador before conducting military operations in a foreign country, according to several administration officials. "We do not need ambassador-level approval," said one defense official familiar with the order."

I find this last paragraph of the article to be the most telling. In a ‘War on Terror’ (a stupid name to begin with - like having a War on Existential Angst) the strategy HAS to be 95% political with a heavy sprinkling of P.R. and 5% military. Just ask any military historian who knows anything about military history. These pinheads who claim that this isn’t a ‘conventional war’ (duh!) are still knee-jerk, shoot first ask questions later, “Remember the Maine” gunboat diplomats. Hell, in Rupert Murdoch/Roger Ailes, they even have their own modern day version of W.R. Hearst. We’ve been here many times before folks and it usually boils down to economic hegemony at gunpoint.

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