With just weeks left in his presidency, Obama is expanding global kill authorities for the Joint Special Operations Command, when he should be spending his time trying to limit overreaching powers like this. Such measures will likely end up being an increase for U.S. government terrorism, while breeding more terrorism overseas.
The missions could occur well beyond the battlefields of places like Iraq, Syria and Libya where Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) has carried out clandestine operations in the past. When finalized, it will elevate JSOC from being a highly-valued strike tool used by regional military commands to leading a new multiagency intelligence and action force. Known as the “Counter-External Operations Task Force,” the group will be designed to take JSOC’s targeting model honed over the last 15 years of conflict and export it globally to go after terrorist networks plotting attacks against the West.