Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The type of operation that gives Special Forces its good name

(Reuters) - U.S. special operations forces swooped into Somalia on Wednesday and rescued two hostage aid workers after killing their nine kidnappers, a rare and daring raid in the Horn of Africa nation to free foreign captives.
from U.S. commandos free two hostages in daring Somalia raid

If it were possible to penetrate the veil of secrecy surrounding this and related organizations, I bet we'd find that the guys who pulled this off have little in common with the guys who raid Afghan villages and do things that have so many Afghans up in arms. I suspect that the latter are using the good name of the former to hide their true nature.  The secrecy and compartmentalization of Special Operations might even allow civilians with minimal training to fly in from just about anywhere and take part in the raids to get in a little quality SRA without having to worry about accountability.