In 2011 Nick Turse began looking into the rise of special operations in the U.S. and what they have been used for since then. This is when he realized that by the end of the Bush administration the amount of deployments by SOF members had more than doubled, and they deployed to 120 countries. Since then the operations and budgets of special operations in the U.S. have continued to grow, as well as the scrutiny against them. While these troops are often celebrated for their accomplishments, such as taking out Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Osama bin Laden, there are also reports of mass civilian casualties, rampant drug use, and grim decisions.
The Crossroads of Special Operations