Ignore the way National Security Adviser Michael Flynn put Iran "on notice" and the new president insisted, that, when it comes to that country, "nothing is off the table." Instead, focus for a moment on something truly scary.
At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds. If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers.
Since 9/11, expansion has been the name of its game, as the leading intelligence agencies gained ever more power, prestige, and the big bucks, while wrapping themselves in an unprecedented blanket of secrecy.
The number one job of the federal government is to keep its citizens safe. That's why the person running the Department of Homeland Security needs to be somebody who understands what it takes to make our enemies think twice about trying anything dangerous against us.
SOCOM's shadow wars against terror groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State may, ironically, be its most visible operations. Shrouded in even more secrecy are its activities outside acknowledged conflict zones across the globe.