Lt. Col Gordon Cullulu had an article in yesterday's FrontPagemag.com on fighting Better, Faster, Smarter and I would add, "Cheaper."
The Colonel argues that Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is better equipped to lead the War on Terror or whatever you want to call it. He cites the SOCOM mission statement:
SOCOM leads, plans, synchronizes, and, as directed, executes global operations against terrorist networks….[SOCOM] deploys combat-ready special operations forces….[that] are organized with a regional focus to take advantage of language and political skills. [Emphasis added]He also refers to a Melanie Phillips article where she says that Bush has been ill-served by Generals Abazaid and Casey. This is an asseement that I agree with.
Again, Phillips observes, “the fight in Washington…has not just been over whether more or fewer troops are needed in Iraq. It’s also been over a major difference in strategic perception.” It is that same strategic conundrum that Fred Gedrich and Paul Vallely question. “The United States has to transition from a conventional to an unconventional war footing,” the authors write. They further note that “in January 2003, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld designated the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) as the lead military organization to prosecute the global war on terror but unfortunately that has not materialized.” [Emphasis added.]For whatever reason, SOCOM has not been given the lead yet, but despite the late support of the Gulf Cooperation Council, time for the US military in Iraq is quickly running out. The best we can hope for now is that the surge tamps down the violence long enough for us to make a graceful exit. After that, SOCOM can work with the Iraqis and everyone else.
This raises the question then of enlarging the size of the military. As we're winding down our adventure in Iraq and in view of all the lessons learned there and in Afghanistan, are we going to need all those additional troops we've heard so much about? I don't think so. One of the worst (or best, depending on your point of view) results of Iraq will be the reluctance of the American people to intervene in the world. The world will not have to fret about "evil America invading and murdering hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians." Afghanistan and Iraq will not be repeated any time soon unless lunatics like the Iranian mullahs or Hugo Chavez pull a "Bin Laden". No, our conventional military will not be going anywhere anytime soon. But, our Special Ops...that's a different matter. Unless the Dems take total control of Washington.