so to speak. i don't care for the republican ideology. i think it is backward thinking and moving and it's aggressive and violent. i will save my criticism of the democratic party for later- that's a longer rant- and not the purpose of this post. anyhoo- i want to go on record as saying- i have no idea who the hell hired gates as secretary of defense- but i am glad that they did. again, he's on the opposite side of the fence than me- but overall in his brief tenure- he has worked steadily to reverse many of rumsfeld's plans and directives. he is part of bushco- so i don't agree with him on every issue- but i do on this one:
wider antiterror role for elite forces rejected
"The military’s elite Special Operations Command has quietly stepped back from a controversial plan that gave it the authority to carry out secret counterterrorism missions on its own around the world."