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New York Times on the US war in the Middle East….and Barack H. Obama the War time President……

[ U.S. Special Operations forces during a joint operation with Afghan National Army soldiers targeting insurgents operating in Afghanistan (AP) ]

In today’s New York Times there is a piece about General Patreaus signing off on an order that authorizes the US Military to ‘take the gloves off’ and ‘go hunting’ or ‘disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region’, according to defense officials and military documents.

Is this really a surprise?

The reporter has evidently been shown a copy of  The directive, ‘the Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force Execute Order’, signed Sept. 30……

This was probably leaked by some regular army people who really don’t like the increase in Special Operations in the region…..

‘Shit happens….’

As with any large amount of people doing a lot of things….

People get their egos hurt……

The Dog has been wondering for a long time when the US was going to go on the offensive…..

No one likes to go to war…but if you have to go……Go hard…….

With your heart in it……..

The Powell Doctrine……Massive amounts of overwhelming  force…….

And one last thing…

ALL WAR campaigns carry risk….

Barack H. Obama, the Commander-in- Chief, and Black, Wartime Democratic President…..

Hot Damn!

The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.

While the Bush administration had approved some clandestine military activities far from designated war zones, the new order is intended to make such efforts more systematic and long term, officials said. Its goals are to build networks that could “penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy” Al Qaeda and other militant groups, as well as to “prepare the environment” for future attacks by American or local military forces, the document said. The order, however, does not appear to authorize offensive strikes in any specific countries.

In broadening its secret activities, the United States military has also sought in recent years to break its dependence on the Central Intelligence Agency and other spy agencies for information in countries without a significant American troop presence.

General Petraeus’s order is meant for use of small teams of American troops to fill intelligence gaps about terror organizations and other threats in the Middle East and beyond, especially emerging groups plotting attacks against the United States.

But some Pentagon officials worry that the expanded role carries risks. The authorized activities could strain relationships with friendly governments like Saudi Arabia or Yemen — which might allow the operations but be loath to acknowledge their cooperation — or incite the anger of hostile nations like Iran and Syria. Many in the military are also concerned that as American troops assume roles far from traditional combat, they would be at risk of being treated as spies if captured and denied the Geneva Convention protections afforded military detainees.

The precise operations that the directive authorizes are unclear, and what the military has done to follow through on the order is uncertain. The document, a copy of which was viewed by The New York Times, provides few details about continuing missions or intelligence-gathering operations.

Several government officials who described the impetus for the order would speak only on condition of anonymity because the document is classified. Spokesmen for the White House and the Pentagon declined to comment for this article. The Times, responding to concerns about troop safety raised by an official at United States Central Command, the military headquarters run by General Petraeus, withheld some details about how troops could be deployed in certain countries.

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Travel, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment