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article imageOp-Ed: U.S. Navy SEALs Team Six, the Knights Templar of today

By Nancy Houser     Mar 6, 2012 in World
The Catholic Church officially endorsed the Knight Templars as the most skilled military unit that fought for the Crusades, dating from 1129 to 1312. In a similar manner, the proficient U.S. Navy SEALs Team Six is now endorsed by President Obama.
Looking back, the Templar warrior knights were an organization of Cistercian monks, including non-fighting Order members who were responsible for the best Middle Age financial and building networks --- such as the Freemasons. The Templar fighting unit was the most advanced force in the Crusade's key battles. In 1777, at the Battle of Montgisard, 500 Temple knights helped an army of 2,000 fight and win against Saladin's force of 26,000 due to skill and expertise training.
Today's fighting elite military unit is the super-secret U.S. Navy SEAL's Team Six, a unit with the same fighting skills as the Knights Templar. Both military units are considered "tier one," whose main mission was and is to carry out the most dangerous of missions in the shadows of war.
The team is part of a counterterrorism group so specialized that no one can apply to join it. The operatives are recruited from existing SEAL teams. They are an elite group within the elite, reports the Washington Post.
The Navy SEAL Team Six is known as the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DevGru), developed as one of the U.S. four secret counter-terrorism groups with superhuman training that involves the famous "Hell's Week," a group that originated after the Iran hostage crisis. Currently, 2,500 members are active in the Navy SEALs, with the very best chosen for SEAL Team Six.
President Obama is the first president to use an elite fighting group as much as he does: to successfully rescue an endangered ship captain by killing three Somali pirates with three bullets, 100-yards away on a rough sea; the first U.S. president to order the elimination of the wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, and succeed; he uses Team Six in Afghanistan and Iran; and uses them to also hunt major Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist figures.
President Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Army Chief of Staff General Raymond T.Odierno announced on January 5, 2012, that budget issues will require a more restrained use of military power after ten years of war. This involves reducing the size of the Army and Marine Corp, but increasing more heavily in Special Operations --- the same type of warfare strategy used by the Knights Templar and one that won the Battle of Montgisard. It was a strategy that placed superior quality over less-trained quantity.
President Obama's decision to increase the use of special forces is less costly than using conventional military units, and leaves less carbon footprints, according to the Washington Post. During the Middle Ages, the Knights Templar gave the English fighting force an era of superior military power through expertise and fighting skill. Today, President Obama is planning on doing the same as he prepares for a reduced budget that lessens the use of the U.S. military as a whole; it is not expected for the GOP to agree on an alternative plan to trim the deficit by the end of the year --- which includes the defense.
“Yes, our military will be leaner, but the world must know the United States is going to maintain our military superiority with armed forces that are agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats,” Obama said in the Washington Post article.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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