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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Oh Great -- More Boots On the Ground!

The Atlantic reports:
Somalia is now the sixth country over which the United States is flying attack drones. Last month, the same Special Operations Command unit currently operating in Yemen carried out an attack on two leaders of the Somali militant group al-Shabab in a June 23 mission. The Washington Post reported the attack on Wednesday, and on Friday, Somalia's defense minister says that American military forces touched down to collect the bodies of the insurgents.
Boots on the ground in Somalia -- wonderful! Remember how things turned out last time we got involved in factional fights in that unhappy land? If not, this might remind you. That's right -- "Blackhawk Down".

Our military is now killing people in six separate countries! The last time we saw this kind of broadscale murder and assassination effort was the Kennedy administration. Kennedy -- Clinton -- now Obama; what is it with these guys? They seem to have this idea that by fusing military and intelligence operations they can carry out "smart" warfare by targeting specific factions and individuals throughout the world.

That never turns out well, at least it hasn't since the Eisenhower administration -- but then, Ike was a pro who knew what he was doing and understood full well the capabilities and limitations of intelligence, these guys are rank amateurs. 

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