According to The Intercept, the U.S. has used a secretive authority known as "127e" to launch at least a couple dozen proxy wars just since 2017. The outlet also claims that it obtained never-before-seen documents and has talked with several top officials who have intimate knowledge of the programs.
The Intercept received the documents through the Freedom of Information Act, claiming these papers are the first ever official confirmation that at least 14 so-called ‘127e programs’ were active in the greater Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions as recently as 2020. In total, the Pentagon reportedly launched 23 separate 127e programs across the globe between 2017 and 2020, which cost US taxpayers $310 million.
The Intercept explains that 127e is one of several virtually unknown authorities granted to the Department of Defense by Congress over the last two decades. It authorizes US commandos to conduct “counterterrorism operations” in cooperation with foreign and irregular partner forces around the world with minimal outside oversight.
Under the authorities, U.S. special operators are permitted to arm, train and provide real-time intelligence to foreign forces and entities. But unlike traditional programs involving foreign aid and assistance, The Intercept reports, the aim isn't to build up local capacity in partner countries. Rather, 127e "surrogate forces" are expected to follow orders from the Pentagon while conducting missions against U.S. enemies that are assigned by Washington's deep state bureaucrats in furtherance of U.S. objectives and goals -- essentially serving as proxy armies for the U.S. Defense Department.
"According to the outlet, almost no information about these operations is ever shared with any members of Congress or State Department officials. It is generally unknown where these operations are conducted, their frequency, targets, or even the identity of the foreign forces the US cooperates with to carry them out," RT.com reported.
"Critics of the programs warn that they could lead to unanticipated military escalation and engage the US in over a dozen conflicts around the world, since 127e does not allow for any oversight or input from foreign affairs officials," the outlet added.
U.S. lawmakers have recently criticized what appears to be an 'open proxy war' -- deepening U.S. involvement in Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia in late February, including Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), who in May criticized members of both parties.
“When I hear the majority leader of the other party say ‘a time of war’...I’m wondering when we voted to go to war?” Roy said of House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
“If we're gonna have a proxy war, and we're gonna give $40 billion to Ukraine because we want to look all fancy with our blue and yellow ribbons and feel good about ourselves, maybe we should actually have a debate in this chamber,” he continued, in a video clip posted to social media.
Roy was one of 57 Republican lawmakers who voted against the authorization, mostly because he is offended that Congress and the Biden regime would rather spend that kind of money defending Ukraine's borders while Joe Biden essentially opens up the U.S. border with Mexico to anyone who wants to run, walk, or stumble into our country.
"When the border of this country is wide open…and fentanyl is pouring in and we have $30.5 trillion of debt and gas prices are spiking and $1,100 to fill a tank of diesel, and we go ‘oh, blank check for $40 billion," Roy continued.
“By the way, I’m looking at my colleagues on this side of the aisle on that same point,” he concluded.
"I'm wondering when we voted to go to war?”
“If we're gonna have a proxy war, and we're gonna give $40 billion to Ukraine, because we want to look all fancy with our blue and yellow ribbons and feel good about ourselves, maybe we should actually have a debate in this chamber.” pic.twitter.com/ShJ8Ltcf5m
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) May 18, 2022
Meanwhile, a government official familiar with the program, who requested anonymity to discuss it, told The Intercept that most congressional staffers do not have the clearance to view 127e reports and those who do don't ask for them very often.
“It was designed to prevent oversight,” he explained.