posted on Feb, 6 2003 @ 07:07 AM
The MK-19 spits out 50 grenades a minute. The humvee has been modified almost beyond recognition. The top has been sawed off; the doors and windshield
removed for quick access, egress, and 360-degree firing positions. It looks like a giant convertible, with its exposed gun mount jutting up in the
middle like a flagpole.
Just outside the front gate of their modest new base, Gadoury's men park the humveee while Sean heads over to the mortar pit with a bunch of
illumination rounds. The plan is for the Colombians to get things started, lighting things up with the illumination rounds. Meanwhile, Art primes the
MK-19, then sets an M203 grenade launcher and an M240 machine gun on the ground. The Colombians are nearby with their .50-caliber machine guns. This
is some serious firepower!
President Bush's global war on terrorism, America's Special Forces are on the front lines. But as the president said in describing that war after
the September 11 attacks, the front lines would not always be readily visible, with many battles being fought in the shadows, far away from the bright
lights of the television cameras.
Around the globe, from Afghanistan to the Philippines, U.S. Special Forces are either fighting, getting ready to fight, or teaching friendly forces
the arcane and deadly arts of war. In Afghanistan, it was Special Forces working with militias like the Northern Alliance that sent the Taliban
fleeing in panic into a warren of mountain redoubts.
If war comes in Iraq, Special Forces will play a key role early on, lighting up targets for smart bombs in the desert outside Baghdad and attacking
Iraqi missile launchers before they can maneuver to fire.
The new missions mean more money--lots of it. This year, Bush plans to increase the budget of all the Pentagon's Special Operations forces by 20
percent, to $6 billion.