Don't give me no lectures
'Bout stress and strife
Just ain't my way of life
--If You Don't Start Drinking,
George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Ranger was troubled by a recent Popular Mechanics piece on the "Future of Special Forces" but couldn't find the right way to address his concerns; he now realizes that is the subtext of the piece which is more significant than the particulars.
Subtext is the basis of the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) and present United States' insecurities, whether politico-military, economic or psychological. All of Gaul is divided into three parts, the greatest of which is the psychological, and the following ideas are brought to bear:
 The U.S. loves the underdog
 Control of the media is more important than the losses to al-Qaeda terrorism
 Terrorists and the Neoconservatives and Teabaggers share the belief that government is just no darn good. Both wish to monopolize belief systems and worldviews
 The Department of Defense, government, FBI, CIA SOCOM and the Homeland Security Administration all want the polity to believe that they are indispensable to our continued existence
 Terrorists thrive on inculcating the belief that government is powerless to protect us; this leads to government overreaction, suggesting the the PWOT is about violence when actually it is about control -- control of media and the resulting propaganda which perpetuates the collusion of the institutions which have control as their raison d'etre; a perfect Mobius strip.
 Both terrorists and government interests are battling for our minds and hearts, and a sorrowful heart will accept lunacy as policy, in lieu of reason.
 Terrorist, government and religion all seek to castrate the individual will, and teach that through abdication of such may salvation be offered. "Please be lost, so that we can find you." Our collective will grows flaccid through fear borne of incessant propaganda.
The message in media like the Popular Mechanics piece and the movie "Act of Valor" is to confirm our infirmity and needful subservience to the institution for our safety, under the bunting of piousness or patriotism. This requires we believe threats are everywhere and in need of outside neutralization.
The needful analog to the institution's efficacy is the primacy of our own insecurity.
Both the Right and the Left thrive upon this distortion of reality in the name of freedom of liberty and we accept their patronage, while never examining the reality of terrorism, its capability and intent. Concurrently, we do not examine the capabilities and intents of our own government, also shrouded in secrecy and dogmatic hypocrisy.
Both terrorism and government are based upon paternalism and elitism, and the Special operations Forces are the definition of military elitism.
Next: A discussion of the Popular Mechanics article.