SOFEX: The Business of War
(video, ad). VICE magazine reports on 'experiencing the military-industrial complex's trade show' [more inside]
The US military's secret military.
'Last year, Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post reported
that US Special Operations forces were deployed in 75 countries, up from 60 at the end of the Bush presidency. By the end of this year,' 'that number will likely reach 120.' 'Unknown to most Americans', 'in 120 countries across the globe, troops from Special Operations Command carry out their secret war of high-profile assassinations, low-level targeted killings, capture/kidnap operations, kick-down-the-door night raids, joint operations with foreign forces'. US Special Operations forces are 'approximately as large as Canada's entire active duty military. In fact, the force is larger than the active duty militaries of many of the nations where the US' elite troops now operate each year, and it's only set to grow larger.' [more inside]
It's a bird, it's a plane!
, no it's the Special Forces using strap-on stealth wings to zoom silently into battle. We've all fantasized about jet packs
, but being dropped from a plane with wings on your back is a silent way to travel great distances before opening a parachute for landing, just like daredevil Felix Baumgartner, who soared across the English Channel
. Who wants to go first?
Imperial Grunts: With the Army Special Forces in the Philippines and Afghanistan—laboratories of counterinsurgency. Robert Kaplan's
has been excerpted over the last while in the Atlantic Monthly, and it's an amazingly relevant and enthralling book. It draws several parallels that are perhaps underrepresented in the media, such as the the similarities between the Iraqi and Afghani insurgency and the the Philippine-American War
. It's also an incredible look at the logistics and tactics involved in fighting wars, both at the forward-operating Special Forces level and within the macro "Big Army" bureaucracy. The focus of the book is the status and abilities of American "empire", its use of power and its goals.
"Army recruiting civilians as potential Green Berets"
is the story I was thinking about when I wrote this post
. Sounds like Rumsfeld wasn't kidding around
. I wonder if, as discussed yesterday
, there's a manpower shortage anticipated?
Special forces 'prepare for Iran attack'
British and American intelligence and special forces have been put on alert for a conflict with Iran within the next 12 months, as fears grow that Tehran is building a nuclear weapons programme.
"They were acting like bin Laden was hiding behind every door. That just wasn’t the way to be acting with civilians."
According to this Newsweek article, some members of U.S. Special Forces seem to think the military's recent operations to track down Al Qaeda went a bit awry.
Shaving for Uncle Sam.
Stories like this just heat my blood. I swear that some people cannot see past their stars at what is really going on. Is this becoming a Gentleman's War? Next thing you know Special Forces won't be able to carry bullets in their guns.
What happened when the Special Forces landed in Afghanistan?
Are we getting enough intellegince before we plan a attack in Afghanistan ?
US Special Forces now operating in southern Afghanistan
Let's pray a repeat of Mogadishu doesn't happen and any innocents on the ground aren't harmed...
Leaking troop movement?
This new report says the U.S. has had special forces troops inside Afghanistan for two weeks
now. I understand "everything" is leaked in Washington, but shouldn't there be something sacred about the locations of troops?
'Special forces' may be crucial...
"They are a hammer in the kisser," said Andy Messing, a retired major from the Army special forces. "They're directed like light coming out of the magnifying glass. The beam of light fries the ant."