By MARK MAZZETTI Published: May 24, 2010
(NYT) - The secret directive, signed
in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American
Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle
East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties
with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that
could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its
nuclear ambitions escalate.
(ap) - Interesting... General "Betray-us" is
referenced and not his Boss Obama?... I wonder if this is going to be a theme?
Wait, I think I see Dubya's name in the next paragraph! Hasn't he been out of
office for like a year or something? - tha malcontent)
While the Bush administration had approved some clandestine military activities
far from designated war zones, the new order is intended to make such efforts
more systematic and long term, officials said. Its goals are to build networks
that could “penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy” Al Qaeda and other militant
groups, as well as to “prepare the environment” for future attacks by American
or local military forces, the document said. The order, however, does not appear
to authorize offensive strikes in any specific countries.
(Well, it only took 2 paragraphs to mention Adolph
Dubya... Yet still no mention of Barry Hussein Obama?... Nice job, "Paper of
Record"! - tha malcontent)
In broadening its secret activities, the United States military has also sought
in recent years to break its dependence on the Central Intelligence Agency and
other spy agencies for information in countries without a significant American
(Who is the Commander in Chief of the United States
military RIGHT NOW, NYT?... - tha malcontent)
General Petraeus’s order is meant for small teams of American troops to fill
intelligence gaps about terror organizations and other threats in the Middle
East and beyond, especially emerging groups plotting attacks against the United
(It was brilliant politics on Barry's part to keep
"Betray-us" in his Administration... Eventually, he will find his way under the
Chicago bus with Barry's Pastor/Mentor, Grandmamma and others! - tha malcontent)
But some Pentagon officials worry that the expanded role carries risks. The
authorized activities could strain relationships with friendly governments like
Saudi Arabia or Yemen — which might allow the operations but be loath to
acknowledge their cooperation — or incite the anger of hostile nations like Iran
and Syria. Many in the military are also concerned that as American troops
assume roles far from traditional combat, they would be at risk of being treated
as spies if captured and denied the Geneva Convention protections afforded
(Our Enemies don't obey Geneva... Let's stop being
Dishonest about this one thing please. - tha malcontent)
The precise operations that the directive authorizes are unclear, and what the
military has done to follow through on the order is uncertain. The document, a
copy of which was viewed by The New York Times, provides few details about
continuing missions or intelligence-gathering operations.
("Details" that the NYT was always in a hurry to get
and expose from about 2000 to 2008... Not so much since they go Barry Elected...
Still have yet to read his name in this story. - tha malcontent)
Several government officials who described the impetus for the order would speak
only on condition of anonymity because the document is classified. Spokesmen for
the White House and the Pentagon declined to comment for this article. The
Times, responding to concerns about troop safety raised by an official at United
States Central Command, the military headquarters run by General Petraeus,
withheld some details about how troops could be deployed in certain countries.
(A reference to the White House... Are we getting
close? - tha malcontent)
The seven-page directive appears to authorize specific operations in Iran, most
likely to gather intelligence about the country’s nuclear program or identify
dissident groups that might be useful for a future military offensive. The Obama
administration insists that for the moment, it is committed to penalizing Iran
for its nuclear activities only with diplomatic and economic sanctions.
Nevertheless, the Pentagon has to draw up detailed war plans to be prepared in
advance, in the event that President Obama ever authorizes a strike.
(NOW they mention him... It only took them 8
paragraphs. It's adorable how they think Barry actin' a Hawk is so
coooooooooooooooool... This would have been "agitating", "dangerous" and "cowboyish"
if it were Dubya! - tha malcontent)
“The Defense Department can’t be caught flat-footed,” said one Pentagon official
with knowledge of General Petraeus’s order.
The directive, the Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force Execute Order, signed
Sept. 30, may also have helped lay a foundation for the surge of American
military activity in Yemen that began three months later.
(Where are all of the Peace, Pot and Microdotties @
the NYT? We just keep expanding America's military might around the world
regardless of the Hopey/Changey thing we were sold back in 2008 regarding
America's EVIL militarism! - tha malcontent)
Special Operations troops began working with Yemen’s military to try to
dismantle Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an affiliate of Osama bin Laden’s
terror network based in Yemen. The Pentagon has also carried out missile strikes
from Navy ships into suspected militant hideouts and plans to spend more than
$155 million equipping Yemeni troops with armored vehicles, helicopters and
($155 million that could feed starving American
babies... Where are all of the cries of "tyranny!" and such? Isn't funding bin
Laden against the Soviets how we got him in the first place?... These queries
are all but silenced these days from the Left, aren't they. It would be funny if
it wasn't so tragic and dangerous. - tha malcontent)
Officials said that many top commanders, General Petraeus among them, have
advocated an expansive interpretation of the military’s role around the world,
arguing that troops need to operate beyond Iraq and Afghanistan to better fight
(So not only is Barry NOT getting us out of Iraq,
he's expanding our War against Muslims outside of the borders of our (2)
Wars?... Oh, I'm sorry... The Dictator General "Betray-us" is... My bad. - tha
The order, which an official said was drafted in close coordination with Adm.
Eric T. Olson, the officer in charge of the United States Special Operations
Command, calls for clandestine activities that “cannot or will not be
accomplished” by conventional military operations or “interagency activities,” a
reference to American spy agencies.
(Transparency?... - tha malcontent)
While the C.I.A. and the Pentagon have often been at odds over expansion of
clandestine military activity, most recently over intelligence gathering by
Pentagon contractors in Pakistan and Afghanistan, there does not appear to have
been a significant dispute over the September order.
(Keyword: "Significant"... Of course if it were Bush
in Office the NYT would be creating the perception of MUCH dispute. - tha
A spokesman for the C.I.A. declined to confirm the existence of General
Petraeus’s order, but said that the spy agency and the Pentagon had a “close
relationship” and generally coordinate operations in the field.
“There’s more than enough work to go around,” said the spokesman, Paul
Gimigliano. “The real key is coordination. That typically works well, and if
problems arise, they get settled.”
During the Bush administration, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld endorsed
clandestine military operations, arguing that Special Operations troops could be
as effective as traditional spies, if not more so.
(Two-for-one!... Bush and Rummy in one paragraph!...
Can I get a Cheney? - tha malcontent)
Unlike covert actions undertaken by the C.I.A., such clandestine activity does
not require the president’s approval or regular reports to Congress, although
Pentagon officials have said that any significant ventures are cleared through
the National Security Council. Special Operations troops have already been sent
into a number of countries to carry out reconnaissance missions, including
operations to gather intelligence about airstrips and bridges.
(So Obama doesn't have to take Responsibility for
his Employees?... Nice. That's one HELL of a "Commander in Chief"! - tha
Some of Mr. Rumsfeld’s initiatives were controversial, and met with resistance
by some at the State Department and C.I.A. who saw the troops as a backdoor
attempt by the Pentagon to assert influence outside of war zones. In 2004, one
of the first groups sent overseas was pulled out of Paraguay after killing a
pistol-waving robber who had attacked them as they stepped out of a taxi.
(Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!... Rummy get's a 2nd
mention?... Careful, NYT... You may just reference Rummy more than Obama at this
rate! - tha malcontent)
A Pentagon order that year gave the military authority for offensive strikes in
more than a dozen countries, and Special Operations troops carried them out in
Syria, Pakistan and Somalia.
In contrast, General Petraeus’s September order is focused on intelligence
gathering — by American troops, foreign businesspeople, academics or others — to
identify militants and provide “persistent situational awareness,” while forging
ties to local indigenous groups.
(Does this "news" story seem to have a tone of
advocating FOR what THIS White is doing as opposed to what they did during
Dubya's 8 years?... - tha malcontent)
Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt contributed reporting.
(And are almost certainly members of the DemocRAT
Party... Wanna bet? - tha malcontent)