This article, as Sean Linnane at Strombringer points out, in its breathless declaration of President Obama unleashing a horde of Jason Bournes upon the bad guys of the world, is a complete joke. It looks to me like the Obama Administration is, YET AGAIN, following the Bush Administration game plan...but their PR is just exponentially better:
President Obama has secretly sanctioned a huge increase in the number of US special forces carrying out search-and-destroy missions against al-Qaeda around the world, with American troops now operating in 75 countries.
The dramatic expansion in the use of special forces, which in their global span go far beyond the covert missions authorised by George W. Bush, reflects how aggressively the President is pursuing al-Qaeda behind his public rhetoric of global engagement and diplomacy.
Mr Obama has also approved pre-emptive special forces strikes to disrupt terror plots, and has given the units powers and authority that was not granted by Mr Bush when he occupied the White House...
My immediate reaction on this was: how is this news? I joined Special Forces because we went to bad places and did bad things to bad people ALL the time - across the peace/conflict/war continuum - and the less the press heard about it, the better.
The Times should re-title this article: Badass Obama Goes John Wayne on the Entire World (if the entire world was just 75 countries)