Top Pentagon officials are considering putting elite special operations troops under CIA control in Afghanistan after 2014, just as they were during last year’s raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, sources told The Associated Press.
The plan is one of several possible scenarios being debated by Pentagon staffers. It has not yet been presented to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the White House or Congress, the sources said.
If the plan were adopted, the U.S. and Afghanistan could say there are no more U.S. troops on the ground in the war-torn country because once the SEALs, Rangers and other elite units are assigned to CIA control, even temporarily, they become spies.
Boy what a spin on the truth that would be. That is more spin then when the Administration told us no more combat troops were in Iraq, yet we still had tens of thousands of troops on he ground. They were in full kit, loaded weapons and actively involved in combat operations.
I am sure the Afghan people would see our troops as combat troops, regardless of who they report to.
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