(One of Freedom's Frontiersmen – 2016)
"Two teams totaling fewer than 25 troops are operating from around the cities of Misurata and Benghazi to identify potential allies among local armed factions and gather intelligence on threats, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive mission overseas.
The insertion of a tiny group of U.S. personnel into a country rife with militant threats reflects the Obama administration’s worries about the Islamic State’s powerful Libyan branch and the widespread expectations of an expanded campaign against it. For months, the Pentagon has been developing plans for potential action against the group, which has at least several thousand fighters in the coastal city of Sirte and other areas. And the U.S. personnel, whose ongoing presence had not been previously reported, is a sign of the acceleration toward another military campaign in Libya.
The mission is also an illustration of President Obama’s reliance on elite units to advance counterterrorism goals in low-visibility operations." Wahpost
Well, pilgrims, these are Green Berets, i.e., US Army Special Forces (not commando style SOF; Delta, SEALS, USMC SOF, Rangers and other assorted cats and dogs). How do I know that? As has oft been writ on SST, the non-GB SOF types have no taste or skills for dealing with foreign people (especially irregulars) other than by fighting and killing them.
If it is the case that these descendants of JFKs "Freedom's Frontiersmen" as well as their French and UK colleagues are there to line up the various anti-IS groups against the true crazies, then I favor the idea. They have done a great job in Northern Syria and Iraq with the Pesh Merga, SDF and YPG.
OTOH, I heard Missy Ryan, the author of this article, tell a PBS anchor today that the goals include teaching the Libyan "unity government" how to do better governance, do "reach out" to a wide variety of dissident political and tribal groups, advise on economic difficulties, etc. Does this mean that the US has not understood that COIN is failed doctrine? Are we really once again going to make a stupid effort to transform an alien society and make it be acceptable to the Borg and to Obama's revolutionary yearnings. As I have screamed to the world the price to be paid for forcibly transforming another culture is much higher than we are willing to pay or should be willing to pay. Will the program include guidance for transgender bathroom access? pl