The United States has secretly taken steps to increase the effectiveness of its military forces in fighting Al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremist groups, according to a report carried today by "The New York Times." The report quotes U.S. officials and military documents as revealing that the head of U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus, signed a directive on September 30 authorizing clandestine military activity to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces.
The directive 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 – including key countries like Iran. Neither the Defense Department nor the White House are commenting. Why is everything so secretive in the United States? Why does the Obama administration and previous admin's put a wall of "National Security" and only on a "Need To Know Basis" before its citizenry? What happened to the US promises and of policies of "Openness" and "Transparency"? It was just a guise to garner votes. And now the US military has more unprecedented authority re: secretive, covert, sanctioned missions and black ops to go anywhere in the world considered to be a hot-spot. What other country in the world has authorized such vast and devastating official permission to its military divisions? The U.S. military has a very long arm. As evinced by many examples, the U.S. feels it has the right to reach into any nation on earth to take whatever it wills by force, whether it is an oil field or weather-influencing technology. And now, the tasse de résistance.
The Obama administration has ramped up its secret war on terror groups with a new military targeting center to oversee the growing use of special operations strikes against suspected militants in hot spots around the world, according to current and former U.S. officials. Run by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, the new center would be a significant step in streamlining targeting operations previously scattered among U.S. and battlefields abroad and giving elite military officials closer access to Washington decision-makers and counterterror experts, the officials said. The center aims to speed the sharing of information and shorten the time between targeting and military action, said two current and two former U.S. officials briefed on the project. Those officials and others insisted on condition of anonymity to discuss the classified matters.
The creation of the center comes as part of the administration's increasing reliance on clandestine and covert action to hunt terror suspects as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have tested the country's patience and pocketbook. The White House has more than doubled the numbers of special operations forces in Afghanistan alone, as well as doubling the CIA's use of missile strikes from unmanned drones in Pakistan and expanding counterterror operations in Yemen. JSOC's decision-making process in counterterror operations had previously been spread between special operations officials at Pope Air Force base in North Carolina, top officials at the Pentagon and commanders on the battlefield.
Now located at a classified address a short drive from the Pentagon, the center is staffed with at least 100 counterterror experts fusing the military's special operations elite with analysts, intelligence and law enforcement officials from the FBI, Homeland Security and other agencies. Locating the center in Washington has the advantage of tying in special operations forces officials to the NSA's electronic data and to the White House's decision-making arm, the National Security Council, said Brookings Institute's Michael O'Hanlon. "There's ready access to the NSC for face to face decision-making," he said.
O'Hanlon, who specializes in national security and defense policy, predicts positive U.S. public reaction to the military's expanding use of special operations forces in counterterrorism strategy. "After spending a trillion dollars on two countries, Iraq and Afghanistan, with so far questionable result, people will say, heck yeah. This is the only tool of foreign policy where we can see immediate, positive results," he said.
Officials said Afghanistan has been a proving ground for both the military's growing use of special operations forces in raids against militants and in honing its "counter-network" system. Over the past year, the numbers of special operations forces and commando raids against militants have surged in Afghanistan. Two strike forces have grown to 12, according to an intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified matters.
What gives the Unites States of America the absolute and deplorable right to surreptitiously enter another country and create havoc for their own end means? It blatantly has no right. Here is the reason in this journalist's eye why the U.S. has a problem that will never be solved. The state of the U.S. government has increasingly become paranoid, mistrust of every nation, demanding complete control of world politics, finances, leadership and military power. Put simply, the biggest bully on the block. And the real scary part? 'They don't even see it!'