This is an updated version of the previous article I sent. The only reason I agreed to do the interview was to get something like the statements in print (I said a little more than what is below but I hope the point is made). The journalist agreed but then the editor dropped them (probably due to word count) but then the journalist to her credit went back to her editor and got them reinserted and the article updated.
Maxwell, who retired from the U.S. Army as a Special Forces colonel, said he has been frustrated to see anonymous government sources reportedly stating the names of the organizations that conducted the operations over the weekend, explaining that providing detailed information about the operations puts service members in those units as well as their family members in danger. While these operations have to be discussed, he said, and it is important for the public to understand that coordination and preparation goes into them, this information should not come out at the expense of military capability and service member safety.
“If I were king for a day, I would attribute these operations to U.S. military forces and I would leave it at that,” he said, explaining that in the case of the Somalia mission, discussion of rules of engagement and the way U.S. forces withdrew because of the high number of civilians “feeds the enemy for their future operations and discussions of specific tactics techniques and procedures.”*