Soldiers as Spies
Blackfive posts an excerpt from a Foreign Affairs article on the push within OSD to use special operators for covert intelligence missions. Matt’s take:
I would be careful of using soldiers as spies. Using Delta or Seal Team Six is one thing, but utilizing SF soldiers in that fashion might detract from the other highly valuable missions that they complete. It might more difficult to win hearts and minds when you are always suspect of espionage.
I’m a little ambivalent, mainly because I can’t quite tell what’s new here. I don’t have any problem using soldiers as human intelligence resources; indeed, it would be silly not to do that. Shooting terrorists is also just fine by me. But using them for covert missions–especially political assassination–would of course be problematic.