Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Change we can die from...
With a Democratic-controlled Pentagon, the war is there but cannot be seen
Obama’s smile is sweeter than George Bush’s, but his warmongering surpasses that of his predecessor’s. In a time of budgetary cuts and mass communication, the White House is ditching prime-time bombardments in favour of an all-out covert intervention. By way of their special operations, the United States are currently at war in 75 countries.
There is more to the war than meets the eye. In addition to the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon is waging a covert war of which Iran is one of the central targets. Activities are coordinated by the United States Special Operations Command (UsSoCom), with approximately 57 000 specialists from four service branches (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force) at its disposal. Their official mission entails: intelligence gathering; direct target actions; capture or elimination of the enemy; non-conventional warfare through external forces, trained and supervised by UsSoCom; counter-insurgency activities to assist allied governments in quelling rebellions; psychological operations to sway public opinion abroad in favour of U.S. military actions. As reported by the Washington Post, special operation forces are currently deployed in 75 countries, up from 60 at the beginning of last year . An indication of their growing importance is the fact that "Special Operations commanders have also become a far more regular presence at the White House than they were under George W. Bush’s administration."