My Wkly Std cover story: "The Democrats' Special Forces Fetish"

February 24, 2007  ·  Michael Fumento  ·  Weblog

Weekly Standard Spec Ops CoverIt was one bullet point in the plan for the Pelosi Congress's "first 100 hours," two sentences in the Democrats' 31-page "New Direction for America" document released last June: In order to "Defeat terrorists and stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction, we will . . . . Double the size of our Special Forces" (emphasis added)

Sounds nifty, doesn't it, like a bumper sticker reading "Outlaw War Now!"? And, indeed, top-notch warriors play an invaluable role in any war but are most useful in the sorts of guerrilla actions and anti-terrorist activity that will probably dominate the military's missions for the next generation. There are just two problems.

First, doubling can only be accomplished by going a disastrous route - making special ops no longer special. Second, false solutions crowd out real ones. Much can be done to improve the quality of our armed forces, but this Democratic proposal doesn't make the grade. Read the rest here.

(Incidentally, the magazine would seem to have made the same error the Democrats did in calling Special Operations Forces "Special Forces," but that was for lack of space. The Weekly Standard didn't have 31 pages to play with.)