The US is ‘winding down’ the Afghanistan war by pulling out regular troops and boosting the number Special Forces. Gosh, that should work.
1) You just knew this whole new “combat mission ends in 2013, troops out by 2014” was election-year spin, didn’t you?
2) This is yet another example of how special forces are becoming the mover-and-shaker of the military, with consequently rising budgetary and bureaucratic clout (as well as ever closer ties to the CIA, now run by SOF-fan General Petraeus.)
3) The Green Beret’s real mission, no matter what is being said now, is going to turn into refereeing the next Afghan civil war.
The only explanation of the US propensity to be involved in ever increasing numbers of wars, conflicts, and interventions is the we are Addicted To War. (Read it online for free. It’s several years old and goes up to the Iraq War but is still completely relevant.)