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Special ops forces showing signs of fraying after 10 years at war, thoughts?

WASHINGTON – The elite troops of U.S. special operations forces are showing signs of fraying after nearly 10 years at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, their commander said Tuesday.

Adm. Eric T. Olson says that while the number of special operations forces has doubled to about 60,000 over the last nine years, the total of those deployed overseas has quadrupled. Roughly 6,500 special operators are in Afghanistan and about 3,500 are in Iraq, although those numbers can vary as units move in and out of the war zone.

Olson said the demand for the specialized units in Afghanistan is insatiable, forcing troops to deploy to war at a rate that is off the charts. And he said he does not see that demand declining in the next several years.

As an example, he noted that while 100,000 regular forces have been pulled out of Iraq, leaving about 47,000 there, just 500 or so special operators were part of that withdrawal, which was just a fraction of the elite force there.

"Not on the same scale, but like the rest of the force we're seeing the indicators — pressure on duty, pressure off duty," Olson said at a conference in Washington. Even though the size of his special operations force has grown, they are being asked to do more, he said, "so we are, frankly, beginning to show some fraying around the edges that we are addressing."


To me, these ENDLESS WARS are WEAKENING America,,,,,wearing down our soldiers and plunging us further into debt. What about you?

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:00 AM on Feb. 9, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:00 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:01 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Tell Obama to bring them home.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:21 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • I say, they should have let our soldiers fight a war rather than have to live by PC rules. It would be over now.

    Answer by Carpy at 8:22 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Thanks to our heroic troops and civilians fewer Afghans are under the control of the insurgency. There will be tough fighting ahead, and the Afghan government will need to deliver better governance. But we are strengthening the capacity of the Afghan people and building an enduring partnership with them. This year, we will work with nearly 50 countries to begin a transition to an Afghan lead. And this July we will begin to bring our troops home

    In Pakistan, al Qaeda's leadership is under more pressure than at any point since 2001. Their leaders and operatives are being removed from the battlefield. Their safe havens are shrinking. And we've sent a message from the Afghan border to the Arabian Peninsula to all parts of the globe: We will not relent, we will not waver, and we will defeat you

    **Maybe you need to reread Obama's SOTU


    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:27 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Maybe you need to reread Obama's SOTU

    I heard it, and I knew his stance from the campaign in 2008...he didnt lie, I didnt agree then and I dont agree now....he was just better than his opponent.....But anyway...seeing how our military is affected, do you have comment on the OP ? or just hear to harass?


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:28 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Sorry Sweet, you'll have to be patient until July and then it will all be puppies and posies again.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:30 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

  •  President Barack Obama has said he will keep his election campaign promise to have all of his country's combat troops home from Iraq by the end of Aug

    "As a candidate, I promised that I would end this war, and that is what I am doing as president," Obama said in a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. "Make no mistake: this war is ending, and all of our troops are coming home."

    He said that all U.S. combat troops would leave Iraq by August 31, 2010, and that the 35,000-50,000 non-combat troops to remain would leave by December 31, 2011, as per the terms of a deal between the Iraqi government and the Bush administration

    **you mean this stance?

    Tell Obama to bring your troops home Sweet.


    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:32 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Obama, the candidate, used to riff on these truths on the campaign trail. The contradiction between President Obama's speech at Camp Lejeune and his rhetoric before he was elected should serve as a warning to those who take his words at face value. But more important, combined with his plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan, Obama's adoption of key lies from Bush's Iraq narrative should be seen as a dangerous indicator of things to come.

    oh sure, he didn't lie.


    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:36 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Obama has shown himself to be clueless in more ways that this.

    Answer by Carpy at 8:40 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

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