Wednesday, October 28, 2015
U.S. weighs special forces in Syria, helicopters in Iraq
Dear Administration officials,
If there is an indigenous solution or if indigenous capabilities contribute to a solution then a proper part of the strategy is unconventional warfare based on our special warfare capabilities (though that ship probably sailed some years ago due to administration risk averseness and ignorance). But I hope your new "3 R's" "strategy" based on counter-terrorism capabilities as applied to a civil war works out for us - at least it will look like we are doing something. And at least we will be able to pound a lot of nails with our hammer. We cannot apply our capabilities as either/or. It has to be both/and. We need our surgical strike capabilities along with special warfare and they will be better employed if they rest on the long term actions of special warfare. There is a yin yang relationship but our default to one over the other is not the way for SOF to support national strategy and campaign plans.
A concerned citizen
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