Penguin: Post Iran-Contra – Clean Army, Dirty Marines + A Few Special Ops Books and DVDs

Ethics, Military
Who, Me?
Who, Me?

Further to David Sabow: White House/Pentagon/CIA Iran Contra Drug Running — and Destruction of Senator Gary Hart to Stop Investigation see the below book, bottom line is that Army became super clean and Marines did not; and of course Army had Yellow Fruit.

Steve Emerson, Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era (Putnam Adult, 1988)

Jim Fallows, Blank Check: The Pentagon’s Black Budget (Grand Central Publishing, 1990)

 

Phi Beta Iota: Charlie Beckwith had it right — to be “special” you have to be unmilitary.  The part that most have missed in the decades since then is that to be “special” you also have to be very very ethical and very very smart.  Low standards and thick necks need not apply.  It’s time we restored the “special,” easily 70% of which should be non-kinectic in nature.  The best and the brightest are in Afghanistan, and they *are* writing new concepts and doctrine for lifting Special Operations out of the dark days of hunter killer and back into the light of by, with, and through.  African operations are a wrong turn.  The future is being crafted in Afghanistan.

See Also:

Charlie A. Beckwith and Donald Knox, Delta Force: A Memoir by the Founder of the U.S. Military’s Most Secretive Special-Operations Unit (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2013)

Jerry Boykin, Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom (Faithwords, 2008)

Jim Channon, First Earth Battalion Operations Manual: Reprint (CreateSpace, 2009)

Robert Coram, Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War (Back Bay Books, 2004)

Chuck Spinney, Defense Facts of Life: The Plans/Reality Mismatch (Westview Press, 1985)

DVD: Peaceful Warrior (2006)

DVD: The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)