Best Defense

How come we don’t hear more about Special Ops screwing up regular ops?

Am I forgetting some?



It seems to me that friction would be inevitable, especially when conventional forces were trying to do COIN — working with local leaders (even those who are not allies), moving slowly, carefully. And then Spec Ops busts in with midnight raids.

Yet I haven’t seen many accounts of such problems. Have you? Am I forgetting some?

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at

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