digest: THE NYT EXPLAINS: UNPROVOKED U.S. MILITARY ATTACKS ON SOVEREIGN NATIONS NO LONGER CONSTITUTE WAR ACCORDING TO 'EXPANSIVE DEFINITION OF SELF-DEFENSE" ---- WHEN IT'S U.S.-ISRAEL AGAINST "SUSPECTED TERRORISTS". WE SHOULD SUPPORT SUCH NOT-WARS-NOW WITH PAVLOVIAN REACTIONS WHENEVER U.S. SAYS 'AL QAEDA' - 'NATIONAL SECURITY'. AND APPROVE NOT--WAR AGAINST WHATEVER COUNTRIES U.S. DECLARES "UNGOVERNED SPACES". GOOD PATRIOTS WILL 'GET' THE VAST 'LEGAL' DISTINCTION UNDERLYING THESE NO-MORE-WARS BETWEEN CIA OPS, U.S. MILITARY OPS. 'SPECIAL FORCES COMMANDO OPS
[note:Even the army apparently is not quite up to speed on emerging - definitions, announcing U.S. military helicopters carried the now-non-US military special forces "self-defense" attack on Syria]
US special forces launch rare attack inside Syria - U.S. Army
U.S. military helicopters launched an extremely rare attack Sunday on Syrian territory close to the border with Iraq, killing eight people in a strike the government in Damascus condemned as "serious aggression."A U.S. military official said the raid by special forces ... "We are taking matters into our own hands," the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of cross-border raids.
The attack came just days after the commander of U.S. forces in western Iraq said American troops were redoubling efforts to secure the Syrian border, which he called an "uncontrolled" gateway for fighters entering Iraq The U.S. military in Baghdad did not immediately respond to a request for comment after Sunday's raid
U.S. Officials Confirm Commando Raid on Syria
...The timing was startling, not least because American officials had praised Syria in recent months for its efforts to halt traffic across the border.