Crossposted from the World Socialist website
The "tide of war is receding" is a phrase President Barack Obama has employed ad nauseam--once in his State of the Union address, twice in the course of remarks last month at the unveiling of the Pentagon's new military strategy document, once again during his speech at the United Nations, also in his announcement of troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, and in a Veteran's Day address.
The constant repetition of this hackneyed metaphor is aimed at obscuring the obvious--that US militarism has escalated dramatically under the Democratic president and its tide threatens to engulf the entire planet.
Among the latest indications is a behind-the-scenes campaign by the chief of the US military's Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for greater autonomy in dispatching elite killer squads to every corner of the globe.
Adm. William McRaven, who heads SOCOM, is, according to the New York Times, seeking "more autonomy to position his forces and their war-fighting equipment where intelligence and global events indicate they are most needed."
The admiral's proposal, the Times notes, "would also allow the Special Operations forces to expand their presence in regions where they have not operated in large numbers for the past decade, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America."
McRaven argues that "[t]hickening the Special Operations deployments in these other regions would allow the United States to be ready to respond more rapidly to a broader range of threats."