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A View on United States Special Operations

While doing United States Special Operations research I came across a forum
titled www.hubpages.com I spent a bit more time trying to find an article that would
capture my attention in a way that I could feel free to analyze. My searching brought me
too a post on this site made by a user named “thejcrevelator2” entitled “American Special
Operations – Our deal with the Devil.” Over the following pages I will cover this post in
what I hope to be a purely analytical and objectively as I go through his writing. Now by
the article that he wrote we are able to obtain a bit of information about the author and
who he is trying to reach. What possible motives he might have for this publication and
how he might have come to the conclusions that he did. Covering the actual subject of
his work we will learn more about why he believes in what he wrote and why he might
have come to this conclusion.

The author “thejcrevelator2” whom we can hence forth refer to as JCRev begins
his article by stating that special operations has been a standard form of practice for the
United States government since the Viet Nam era. While this is to a certain extent true in
the fact that the United States has been using this form of warfare it is not the only
country, nor the first. In fact the United States has been utilizing special operational
forces for a much longer time that JCRev states. I order to really comprehend where he
will go with this topic, it is important that we understand what special operations really
is. Special operational forces is a generic term for elite highly-trained military, police or
civilian paramilitary tactical teams that conduct specialized operations such as special
reconnaissance (SR), surveillance, sniping, guerilla warfare, unconventional warfare
(UW). In essence they fight a way that benefits them while providing very little to no
benefit to the opposing force.

Special operations have been around for a very long time, historians attribute
special operations to such forces as The Knights Templar during the Crusades, ancient
Asia saw the rise of another special operation forces commonly know as Ninjas,
Napoleonic era saw again specialized unit who did not fall into the standard rank and file
army’s of the times. A good number of the wars that have been fought on our great
planet have had some sort of special operations specialized troops who could be
classified as elite special forces.

JCRev states that the United States special operation forces have influenced and
have been or can be seen in South American countries like Panama, Venezuela and
Bolivia. It is unfortunately left at that. There is no information to back up his claim.
Again simply doing research would provide the needed information to show that while
they have been in Panama during Operation Just Cause in 1988, there is no real proof that
current United States special operation forces are in either Bolivia or Venezuela. Two
countries which are at this time causing regional unrest much like Cuba did during the
cold war.
JCRev focuses on the United States special operation forces, and how they are in
his view a group of trained war fighters who have no room for God or religion because
only the ones who can fit this criteria would be indeed chosen for this role. Now his view
on this is what I could consider some what inflammatory, as it is focusing on one side of
the coin. He goes on to say how he views them as war fighters who are above the law,
who really do not receive consequences for their actions. He states that United States
government uses them as an x-acto knife whose main role is to pluck off pieces of other
countries’ leadership which are not conducive to United States foreign and domestic
policy.

JCRev is trying to make the reader see in his opinion United States special
operation forces really do not have to answer to anyone. He states that they do not fall
under the jurisdiction of the Uniform Code of Military Conduct (UCMJ), the Geneva
Conventions and or laws governing the treatments of non-combatants (civilians). This is
again another point where he is truly mistaken on the matter. Being that United States
special operation forces fall under the United States military they are indeed subject to
UCMJ and the Geneva Conventions. No soldier be them from the United States, or a
Russian soldier or a Japanese soldier is above the laws of war stated in the Geneva
Conventions. Any country’s soldier who’s country is part of the United Nations is
subject to such laws. United States Military personnel all fall under UCMJ, as recent
news show violators of such laws are subject to severe punishment. Case in point Abu
Ghraib and the three United States Navy SEAL’s who are currently under investigation
and trial for abusing a prisoner.

JCRev goes on to state that United States special operation forces main role is to
enforce the long arm of the United States in other countries. He indicates that their main
role is to put in place local governments that are easily controlled and get rid of ones who
are providing resistance to United States foreign policy. This is again simply not the
case. While the idea of the United States special operation is to provide Special
Operation form local leadership for troubled nation’s uprisings, it is not their job to
remove other government’s leaders on a whim. There really needs to be sufficient
information prior to any action.

With his main points of view on this matter it is really evident that he is looking
to target readers who might not be too informed. After all he is really only stating one
side of the story. JCRev is really focusing on appealing through Pathos to the audience.
There is very little Logos and practically no Ethos. I will begin with his Pathos argument
as it is where he is placing all of his eggs. With his Pathos attempts to show the reader
the United States special operation forces have little to no God on their mind. While it is
true that they are after all following orders they can and do at times make choose to not
follow them for moral or ethical reasons. After all our SPECIAL OPERATION forces
are our most highly trained and possibly educated military personnel in the United States
arsenal.

His Pathos really comes off as a very closed minded view of the subject.
However it is very evident that he is very passionate on the matter. From looking at his
screen name “thejcrevetor2” we are able to decipher he is a very religious person. We
are shown evidence of this throughout his work able to read the opinion that he attempts
to share with his readers that United States special forces personnel do not share in his
beliefs. Not because they do not wish too, but because the only people who in his
opinion make it into the special operation forces are people who do not have or do not
want God in their lives.

Another way that he shares his Pathos point of view is by trying to scare the
readers into the idea that the United States special operation forces are allowed to do the
type of work they are proficient in within our borders. JCRev gives the example that
when they are in other countries they can and do remove leadership at their own
discretion, and if given the opportunity will do the same with our leadership. Hinting at
the fact that they are capable of removing United States elected officials simply because
they may not share the same views as they do.

JCRev does show a little bit of Logos in his writing. He attempts to give the facts
as he see’s them at the beginning of the article. However it is not as prominent as his
Pathos. What does make practically no presentation within his work is Ethos. This is
debunked right from the beginning with how he explains that the United States special
operation forces are chosen because they do not share his beliefs of religion, or because
they have no religion.

Because of his lack of Ethos, JCRev comes off as a very one sided author who
does absolutely nothing to attempt and bridge the gap left by his subjective views on the
subject. With a little bit of research our author in question could have been able to see
that indeed it is not as gloomy as he makes it out too be. It is not as dark as he would
have us believe and would have not appeared as a subjective author. Instead he leaves us
with very few positive things to take from this writing.

I really do not believe that his argument will be taken in a very objective way.
Unfortunately it is my belief JCRev was able to alienate his readers to such extent
because he was not willing to do his own research. I personally find it hard to believe
what he has written for a number of reasons. I will briefly go into them and expand a bit
more to follow. First of all he really does not know the subject he is writing about. This
is evident in the way he portrays the United States special operation forces. Secondly
from the first time you read his work you are able to see that he has take a very Pathos
heavy point of view, with little to no Logos and has left Ethos out completely. And lastly
because I was a part of the United States special operation forces he is referring too in
this article.

His knowledge of the United States special operation forces while it does start in a
very remote way on target, it completely does not present itself throughout his work.
With minor research one is able to learn a lot about the subject. The concept of special
operation forces has been around as long as humans almost. Many civilizations had their
own special operation forces. Much of the tribal warfare throughout history has been
with this same concept in mind. Inflict as much damage as possible while suffering as
little in return. While this has been different from say the Aztec civilization of Central
and South America to the Knights Templar of Europe. From the Ninjas of Asia to the
current special operation forces of the United States, Great Britain, Ireland and many
more current countries. It is still a form of fighting that while not traditional is very
effective. We need only look at our own history to see this is true. In the United States
and Great Britain war of independence what enabled our country to ultimately claim
victory was the unconventional warfare that our forefathers learned from the Native
Americans which they had been at war with since they first came over on the Mayflower.
Special operation forces will always be a part of countries history because of its
effectiveness. The days of rank and file, standing toe to toe with your enemy are long
gone. And it has been gone for quite a while, almost longer than the United States has
been around.

The second reason that his article in my opinion will not be effective from the
point of view of its readers is because it is very heavily influenced by the authors Pathos
ideas. It almost feels like he is trying to push ideas on you that he only has. It is very
difficult to look at a piece of work and realize that there is very little sustenance in it. In
fact it is almost impossible from my point of view to take it seriously. Something that is
this opinionated tends to annoy its readers, because of the fact that you develop the idea
that he really did not take the time to do his research properly. And if he did not take the
time to research it then is it wrong for the reader to look at it with contempt? I don’t
believe it is wrong. I think that if you do not take pride in your work then no one will, no
one will acknowledge it and no one will recommend it to his or her friends. Special
Operation in essence you are limiting your potential reading base due to the fact that you
are not able look at something objectively and without prejudice.

Finally the last reason I believe that it will not be taken in the way the writer had
possibly hoped for is tied a bit to the first reason. If someone begins to read it and
realizes that the reader knows more about the subject than the writer because he did just a
little bit of research you really loose confidence in the writer. Also when you know
someone who has been in or was possibly in contact with the subject at hand, in this case
United States special operation forces. You will simply contact him or her and ask him
to reference what has been written and what you believe about the matter. Case in point,
I was personally in a United States Army special operation unit, and while some of his
claims may be true the majority is not. From the recruitment, to the fact that indeed
United States special operation forces do fall under the Uniform Code of Military Justice
(UCMJ) and the Geneva Conventions. While their form of fighting might not be what is
truly expected by people who do not know what they do, I would expect them to
understand why it is done this way. It is a means to a way of saving lives. Our country’s
most bloody wars were the ones fought in traditional ways, like the Civil War, World
War I and II. If we can save lives by sending our best too do their best is this not a better
Special Operation? I believe that it really is a better option.

All in all I believe that the author could have probably used some help in
researching the subject a bit better. If he had done this I believe it might not have been
such a bias piece of work and would have been received a lot better by its readers.
Thejcrevelator2 (2010, September 15). American Special Operations – Our deal with the
Devil. Message posted to http://hubpages.com/hub/thejcrevelator2Special Operation

Wikipedia (2010, September 15). Special Forces. Message posted to


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Operations

Wikipedia (2010, September 15). Special Forces United States Army. Message posted to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Special_Forces#Invasion_of_Panama

Francisco Mariscal
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