November 7, 2012

What Obama’s Re-Election Means for US Counter-Terrorism Strategy

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.


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About the Author

is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • YankeePapa

    . ...Of course you all remember when Obama accidentally spoke into an open mike indicating to an enemy of the U.S. that his "real" policy would have to wait until "...after the election..." . ...Friend of mine sent me this: . ...China's leader Xi Jinping 4/21/15  . ...This one passage says so much about the Obama presidency, and about US politics in general: "...Xi unambiguously opposes American democratic notions. In 2011 and 2012, he spent several days with Vice-President Joe Biden, his official counterpart at the time, in China and the United States. Biden said that Xi asked him why the U.S. put “so much emphasis on human rights. Biden replied to Xi, “No President of the United States could represent the United States were he not committed to human rights,” and went on, “If you don’t understand this, you can’t deal with us. . ... President Barack Obama would not be able to stay in power if he did not speak of it. So look at it as a political imperative. It doesn’t make us better or worse. It’s who we are. You make your decisions. We’ll make ours.”" . So, it doesn't make us better or worse? It's just posturing for the proles, and liberty and individual rights don't really mean anything? I don't know whether to puke or go blind..." . -YP-

  • Tomfound

    @JackMurphyRGR I hope your right. How things have changed.

  • Taskforcegreen

    @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

  • ArcticWarrior

    @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.

  • ArcticWarrior

    @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.