As a serious supporter of a much more robust Department of Dirty Tricks, I can get all the way behind this initiative.
WASHINGTON — Senior American military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan’s tribal areas, a risky strategy reflecting the growing frustration with Pakistan’s efforts to root out militants there.
I understand that this may cause problems in Pakistan, but that will be an incremental increase in public opinion against our activities over all. This represents a fundamental change to our ability to interdict and destroy the insurgents ability to rest and refit. Plus we can kill more of them and making dead tangos is never a bad idea.
The plan has not yet been approved, but military and political leaders say a renewed sense of urgency has taken hold, as the deadline approaches for the Obama administration to begin withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan. Even with the risks, military commanders say that using American Special Operations troops could bring an intelligence windfall, if militants were captured, brought back across the border into Afghanistan and interrogated.
The question remains whether this will be coupled with the resolve to continue efforts to pacify Afghanistan. It will certainly be helpful to our efforts if the leaders and infrastructure that support the bad guys in Pakistan are destroyed. Fewer and less effective insurgents means a better chance to actually secure areas and roll in civil governance. But this still requires US forces to do much of the heavy lifting as far as security for the next couple of years. That doesn't jibe well with the Obama team's insistence, as per Crazy Joe, that we will be out of there "come hell or high water" in 2014.
I can support the increased use of SOF forces to kill terrorists anywhere we can locate them on the planet. I don't think that we ought to constrain ourselves to only hunting them in special zones we designate. That means that some borders might get violated, so be it. We've all seen that SEAL commercial where the pristine moonlit beach gets bootprints on it, which then disappear with the next wave. I can't think of anything I would rather do, than pull my Press Secretary gig after a successfull raid.
Jackal: Uncle J there are terrorist bodies in Yemen stacked like cord wood. Do you have any statement?
UJ: I have no idea what you are talking about.
Jackal: There are photos on the internet of Navy SEALs playing hacky sack in front of the bodies.
UJ: Wuddint us. I don't even think those were SEALs, I mean if they were playing beach volleyball that would be another thing.
Jackal: Buuu... Buut, the pictures....the stacking....
UJ: You know what, I bet they were Russians, they have some bad ass Navy commandos too, not to mention Spetsnaz. You ever seen those guys do a flaming back flip hatchet throw?