Black Ops Are Totes Bipartisan

U.S. Is Said to Expand Secret Military Acts in Mideast Region: "The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents. … Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate."

While the Bush administration had approved some clandestine military activities far from designated war zones, the new order is intended to make such efforts more systematic and long term, officials said. Its goals are to build networks that could "penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy" Al Qaeda and other militant groups, as well as to "prepare the environment" for future attacks by American or local military forces, the document said.

The directive is called the Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force Execute Order. "Unconventional warfare." Awesome. And, naturally, this "unconventional warfare" is executed without any oversight from Congress. Terrific.

The secret order was signed last September and "may also have helped lay a foundation for the surge of American military activity in Yemen that began three months later." This is the exact same shit that then-SecDef Rumsfeld and then-president Bush were pulling during Bush's presidency.

During the last election, any hint of a suggestion that one might vote for a third party was swiftly met by an onslaught of preemptive accusations that the blood spilled in service of Republican militarism (or, during the primaries, Clinton's hawkishness) would be on your hands! But a vote for Obama was a vote for peace, and all that.

Obama had better hope that most of his voters have shorter memories or fewer principles than I do, because, in the immortal words of Mondo Fucko: "Fool me once, shame on—shame on you…? Fool me, can't get fooled again!"

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