Bacevich on the “Golden Age of Special Forces”

Andrew Bacevich discusses the global, shadowy, and largely unaccountable spread of Special Forces–which number as much as 66,000 in 120 countries. Headed by William McRaven, USSOCOM now operates according to its own mandate, and is slowly replacing traditional military imperatives.

“From a president’s point of view, one of the appealing things about special forces is that he can send them wherever he wants to do whatever he directs.  There’s no need to ask permission or to explain.  Employing USSOCOM as your own private military means never having to say you’re sorry”.

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