Monday, March 22, 2010

McChrystal's new SOF directive

General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said most of the U.S. Special Operations forces there now are under his direct control. He said the decision was made in response to high civilian casualties and reports the Special Forces troops were operating as "cowboys", The New York Times reported Tuesday. "What happens is, sometimes at cross-purposes, you got one hand doing one thing and one hand doing the other, both trying to do the right thing but working without a good outcome," McChrystal said.

Afghan officials, human rights workers and some field commanders of conventional U.S. forces have criticized Special Ops troops, saying they have been responsible for large number of casualties among Afghan civilians and strike out on their own.. Previously, Special Operations forces followed a separate chain of command.

Maj. Gen. Zahir Azimi, Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman, said McChrystal told Afghan officials he was taking action because of concern that some U.S. troops weren't following his order to make limiting civilian casualties a priority. "These special forces were not accountable to anyone in the country, but General McChrystal and we carried the burden of the guilt for the mistakes they committed," Azimi said. "Whenever there was some problem with the special forces, we didn't know who to go to. It was muddled and unclear who was in charge."

Colonel "Whopper" Creedon, whom as recently as February conducted special operations in Afghanistan was irate "What the hell? McChrystal was formerly the JSOC Commander who controlled most of the Special Operations Forces operating in Iraq and Afghanistan and they achieved great success but now they're "cowboys"? Uh-uh, no way, these are the elite of the elite battle hardened, highly trained and highly skilled operators, not cowboys! Well.. OK maybe one-in-ten is a loose cannon, but that comes with the pressure. Dammit!, we now have SOCOM because conventional ground commanders have always wanted SOF teams split up. Look, I agree that McChrystal should have communication with SOF but through SOCCENT, not direct command over the assets - I do not like the smell of this."

When asked if it was possible that his own unit may have been responsible for the civilian casualties McChrystal mentioned, Creedon replied "Look! There are always casualties in war. Otherwise it's just a nasty argument. We only ever fired upon 'confirmed threats' but if these cowards would stop hiding amongst civilians, the casualty rate would drop. This goes back to what I can smell - there is constant outrage in the Muslim community about civilians getting killed by U.S. and coalition forces, yet sweet-F-A of same when the insurgents hide behind civilians. When you're too much of a chickenshit to stand and fight it out like a real man but instead have to hide behind women, old folk, and kids, anyone who supports you is just as guilty and doesn't deserve be even referred to as 'collateral damage'. This new directive won't cover Delta, the S.E.A.L.s or any unit I'm commanding but I hope the future effectiveness of the remaining 'quiet professionals' won't be hamstrung for some good PR. I'll only let this go if someone can provide proof that this 'large number' of civilian casualties is as a direct result of SOF actions."

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Master Guns said...

Arguing with a 4-Star on an internationl stage? I'm impressed. When did you get the time to grow a pair?

Civilian Overseer said...

Guns, The Colonel had them implanted during his convalescence period, taking out the Frostobulekker armed only with a stick was just a test to see if they worked properly.

I believe that the Colonel2.0 (now with balls!) is a significant improvement over the pussy that We've had to endure these last few ears.

Civilian Overseer said...

Health Care Reform passes!

Civilian Overseer said...

Damn, that was years not ears!, mind you listening to Colonel2.0 is easier on the ears than the constant whining.

vaughan said...

Health Care reform passes or as far as politics goes ,the end of the Nancy Pelosi Era ...because the Dems Are gonna get wiped out for this come November....there is a problem when Michael Moore goes on CNN and begs Congress to pass a law and then admits it's a crock....(Kinda funny listening to the kiss ass reporting on RTE radio by Charlie (Whiny)Bird about how this changes everything and how this is a victory for Obama and then listen to a democratic Professor from Notre Dame admitting the trouble this is gonna cause)...No wonder the Colonels been going around killing unarmed frostobulekker and arguing with superior officers..come November he knows his unlimited Black ops budget will be back on....Platinum toilet handles for Everybody!!!!!

Civilian Overseer said...

Mr.V, Does this mean that You are not as ardent an admirer of the Colonel2.0's new balls as Guns is?