Dating disappearing army rangers special operations
He was male-model good-looking—wholesome and tidy, with intelligent eyes—though he'd recently grown shockingly thin and had cut his brown, widow's-peaked hair so close it was nearly shaved.
He'd been a battle captain in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, just north of Kandahar, working as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization coalition force.
Indeed, there’s an excellent chance that the Trump-Flynn mindset will mean fewer restrictions on special operations forces fighting ISIS.
That’s one reason why his election was greeted warmly by many in the SOF community, said a retired Special Forces officer in close touch with operators in the field. “‘Trump is going to remove the shackles and let us get to work’—that’s the perception.
The stranger was a 31-year-old infantry captain in the Royal Australian Regiment who'd been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning from Afghanistan two years before. on the one bus that comes through town each day: an Adirondack Trailways coach that chugs slowly uphill from Albany, stopping in what seems like every podunk town along the way.
To get to Albany, he'd taken a bus from New York City, and before that planes from San Francisco, Sydney, Canberra, and, ultimately, Adelaide, Australia, his own hometown, more than 10,500 miles away.
After 15 years of waging secret wars that began in Afghanistan and spread to Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, and Syria, while covering down on other responsibilities around the globe, SOF are already stretched thin and on the brink of burn out.
Elsewhere, SOF quietly operate in Libya, maintain a task force in the Horn of Africa and Yemen, and form a significant slice of the 8,400 U. With no foreign policy or military experience to draw on, Trump will probably rely on two subordinates in particular when deciding how and where to use SOF. As JSOC’s intelligence director between 20, Flynn proved instrumental in the command’s metamorphosis from an organization designed for episodic, short-duration, no-notice missions, to one capable of conducting up to a dozen raids per night on a continuous basis.
Although high-profile one-off missions, such as the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips and the killing of Osama bin Laden, have captured the headlines, JSOC and the other U. special operations forces came into their own under Obama by giving him the ability to maintain concurrent military campaigns in half-a-dozen countries while keeping those battles off the front pages.
Under Obama, SOCOM has added more than 15,000 personnel, and its budget has increased to .4 billion from .3 billion, according to SOCOM spokesman Ken Mc Graw (who noted that the 20 Quadrennial Defense Reviews drove the growth).
In his recent book , written with Michael Ledeen, Flynn lays out an expansive vision of the war he says is necessary to defeat “radical Islamists,” who he clearly sees as the primary threat facing America.
“We must engage the violent Islamists wherever they are, drive them from their safe havens, and kill them or capture them,” he writes.