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U.S. forces turning to ‘indirect’ war tactics

 
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U.S. forces turning to ‘indirect’ war tactics
Support grows for uprooting terror havens rather than relying on firefights

TAMPA, Fla. - So long, Rambo.

Almost six years after the worst attack ever on U.S. soil, special operations commanders believe that simply killing terrorists will not win a war against an ideologically motivated enemy.

That view is reflected in a series of transitions in special operations leadership posts. New senior officers are expected to give greater weight to an indirect approach to warfare, a slow and disciplined process that calls for supporting groups or nations willing to back U.S. interests.

Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld turned special operations forces into a "giant killing machine," said Douglas Macgregor, a former Army colonel and frequent critic of the Defense Department.

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"supporting groups or nations willing to back U.S. interests"

As far as I know it has always been this way. Either with us or against us.....you know.

You can read the rest of the article here if interested.

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