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WASHINGTON - In a historic step designed to bolster the military's ability to fight a global war on terrorism, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday he approved adding Marines to U.S. Special Operations Command, the organization in charge of SEALs, Green Berets and other commando-style forces.
It is the first time since the command was created in April 1987 that the Marine Corps has been included, and Rumsfeld said the change reflects a need for the Pentagon to continue to adapt to the tactics of an adversary like the al-Qaida terror network that uses unconventional means to counter American firepower.
"It's important that we continue to assess and adapt because of the nature of the enemy that we face," Rumsfeld told a Pentagon news conference. "It's an enemy that believes that we, the free and civilized world, don't have the stamina or the will to sustain a difficult effort over the necessary period of time."
Special operations forces, which train to perform a variety of sometimes-clandestine missions behind enemy lines, have taken on a more prominent role since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as the Pentagon adjusts to fighting a shadowy enemy. But the Marine Corps for years has resisted being integrated into the Special Operations Command because its leaders feared diluting their traditional sea-borne missions.
Originally posted by microcosm
By the way, I like the J-Hawk in your avatar.
Same here. I see em on a near daily basis. Once I head out to cape may I'll be seeing them by the hour, lol.
A head cold eh?
Originally posted by Jiffy
"global war" now is that not just a nicer way of saying "world war" ?