Since 9/11 we have seen a revolution in how the entire US defense structure approaches and deals with the issue of terrorism. While the Clinton administration introduced some legislation that would pave the way for “targeted” killings in instances where there was an Executive Finding, the Clinton administration took a limp-wristed approach to intelligence gathering and counter-terrorism for the bulk for the 1990s, including missed opportunities to kill Al Qaeda head honcho, Osama Bin Laden.
The post-9/11 Bush Administration not only swung US Special Operations forces into action, along with Para-Military and Clandestine Services, but also pushed hard for an expansion of these capabilities. Then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld played a large role in expanding the Special Forces Regiment and personally visited the Delta Force compound on Ft. Bragg to get a better understanding of how counter-terrorist forces operate.
Obama stepped into the White House during a transition period where America was withdrawing from Iraq and attempting to hash out an exit strategy for Afghanistan. While timelines were debated, shifted to the right, and a number of phony withdrawals were staged for the media, the US military did pull out of Iraq and is currently working towards doing the same in Afghanistan. No doubt this action has increased support from both the Pentagon and the American public with the near total lose of credibility of US Counter-Insurgency strategy with the so-called “insider” or “green on blue” attack where our Afghan allies suddenly turn on and kill American soldiers.
In the face of this withdrawal, the War on Terror seems to be decreasing in over all troop deployments while simultaneously expanding in all directions with low-visibility operations in places like Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Mali, and Libya. Meanwhile, other long standing operations have continued in places like Colombia which have been largely ignored by a media, and perhaps a Pentagon, that has a fixation on the Middle East.
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@JackMurphyRGR I hope your right. How things have changed.
@ajkmidget96 @50run50gun Well...I am trying to NOT plug my stuff here. Its not right to do that. I started to because I thought maybe some of those of you I respect so much deserve the recognition (in the PMC firms like TITANGROUP etc) The title got pushed back (for some small NDA things that needed to happen w/ former SOF guys (turned PMCs) as part of a Joint Task Force Program (known as TF Badger) who utilize these door-kickers in conjuction with Mex SOF liaisons (as its ILLEGAL to work certain types of the heavy stuff--SIGINT/HUMINT etc---w/out Mex SOF and their GAFES/GOPES and others being with them. The title, as of now, is BEYOND DANGER CLOSE: The Private War in Mexico (based on true events) and there is possibly a neat tv/film adaptation for it coming sometimes soon. I had to re-write a lot to leave as little "fiction"as possible so that people know these were REAL and heroic former NAVSPECWAR types here in San Diego (again..lost of NDAs were signed on all sides so OPSEC is going to be imperative). The joint Venezuelan and Mexican "Special Groups" there are at war with numerous agencies (indigenous and ours) and it is a very amazing story. Like a Black Hawk Down meets Breaking Bad kinda deal. Some people who work for a large corp that work in conjuction with several "Hollywood" weirdo types, who made films like THE OBJECTIVE and Blair Witch, who have taken interest in it! So its getting exciting for the vets I work with who assisted in the making of this book (again, loosely based on the priv sec firms' actions south of the border regions (Nuevo Laredo, Juarez, Salinas Cruz, etc). The vets program I work with in San diego in the NAVSPECWAR community has agreed to help w/the book and with any adaptations etc. If you wish, email ME PERSONALLY k? [email protected] Sincerly, Dennis
@majrod Finished: The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet-Afghan War Was a good read, took a few times to digest it all and was left with a sense of deja vu. So in short, thanks for the tip.
@JHR @Old PH2 In any COIN the people are the center, whether in SE Asia, Mexico, Cuba, or A'Stan. When the poor have nothing, they expect nothing. We are over reliant on Tech like Drones. The SF guys had it right in A'Stan early on, low profile. Instead we evolve into building giant FOBs with Burger Kings and roll in MRAP's, great way to be a Quay Dhost isnt it? We had the ACM on the run and we were winning the people, but we went for the big approach and we lost the people and we lost terrain, we're losing the AO. Are with that risk averse? Might as well hole up in Kala Jangi. You can interchange the names and locales with many places in the world, your right we need to change course in many places. Hopefully the brighter 18A's can rise the ranks and steer the ship.
@ArcticWarrior @Old PH2 You hit my sweet spot with RICO buddies:-) Thanks. Is this seriously on the table, such an approach to this war? Breaking it down, they do have the upper hand with their comm styles, which mildly resembles familia comms. BTW, the commission never stopped, look at who purchased property in Costa Rica over the past 30 years. Walk down a certain well guarded avenue/ street and you may see some pretty notorious familia. I have family straight off the boat from Scicily:-) This war/issues can not be fought nor stopped with traditional methodologies. This is getting uglier and if a radical course is not changed with new minds at the helm to throw out some curve balls to the chiefs asap, jeopardy just became destruction. Those minds need to include SOF as well. Who knows hot zone behavior and movements better? Lets mix up our style.