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Monday, January 24, 2005

Rumsfeld's Spooks

I just heard a short report on Public Radio that the Pentagon today announced the formation of special military intelligence teams that would be deployed with special operations forces around the world. According to the reporter, these newly formed intelligence groups have already been operating in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia, but would be deployed in many other nations in the future.
What I find curious about this is that it seems to essentially establish and legitimate the very forces that were denied by the Pentagon just last week in this little give-and-take:
Pentagon blasts article alleging reconnaissance missions in Iran
http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/01/17/hersh.iran/
The reporter covering this new announcement was not able to say whether the newly established intelligence chief would have any oversight over these units, nor was he clear on just how long the existing units had been operational. He did say, though, that the Pentagon did not believe that it required any additional authorization in order to establish these operational units.


All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe that we are away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.
Sun Tzu, The Art of War (500 BC)


From The Sorrows of Empire, 2004, Chapter 9, page 255
I would suggest that we have learned some new tricks in the past 2,500 years.

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