As the role of special operations forces shift with U.S. grand strategy, it's time to reevaluate how they fit into the civilian oversight of the U.S. military.
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The U.S. Special Operations Command has released a 69-page review, finding that there is no “systemic ethics problem” in its forces.
Over the years I have heard knowledgeable people comment (sometimes with admiration, sometimes otherwise) that the French approach to counterterrorism outside of France is not so different from the American approach, but that the French manage to avoid anything resembling the scrutiny and criticism that the United States receives.
I’m in no position to judge that. But let’s assume for a moment the comparison is true. Why relatively little scrutiny for the French if so?