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    Posted: 14 October 2011 at 4:19pm
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SSOK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 October 2011 at 4:28pm
Hmm... weren't we in an "Advisory Role" in the early stages of Korea, Vietnam, and what is referred to as "Black Hawk Down"?

I know we definitely were in Vietnam, the rest I dont remember.
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We are in similar advisory roles in quite a few countries at the moment.  The Philippines, Indonesia and Columbia come to mind.  I don't see us committing significant forces in any of those countries.

American forces are probably better used doing things like this (removing extremely violent but small groups which unstable governments can't easily remove) than fighting large wars.  Intervening in civil wars should probably be out of the scope too.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gatyr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 October 2011 at 5:16pm
Originally posted by ParielIsBack ParielIsBack wrote:

American forces are probably better used doing things like this

Word. Special Forces (and to a lesser extent, Special Operations Forces) being deployed in this sort of capacity is, to me, an acceptable way to allocate military resources when the goal is to minimize the bad things that bad people do to other people.
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Originally posted by SSOK SSOK wrote:

Hmm... weren't we in an "Advisory Role" in the early stages of Korea, Vietnam, and Somalia


that's about what i was thinking...a peace keeping mission that will either end OK or badly. But we've had troops in Africa for some time now, just not responding to Uganda
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Originally posted by ParielIsBack ParielIsBack wrote:


American forces are probably better used doing things like this (being like Canadian Forces) than fighting large wars.  Intervening in civil wars should probably be out of the scope too.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote usafpilot07 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 October 2011 at 9:50pm
Meh, if we're being told that troops were authorized to be sent in, I'd bet my left leg SOCOM or DIA/CIA have been in there for a few weeks at least.*


*I didn't mean this to be a conspiracy-theorist themed post, as I don't think we should know as soon as things like that happen, just an observation.


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usaf-*cough* months and that's from a pretty solid source. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ParielIsBack Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 October 2011 at 11:21am
We had an ex-Special Forces guy who's retired in one of my history classes last semester, he talked about his time in Lebanon and some other not-so-friendly Middle East nations in the '80s.  He definitely made it seem like there's a whole lot of guys in places the government doesn't mention (which seems good, for their safety and in order to actually accomplish their missions).
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