Trump White House weighs unprecedented plan to privatize much of the war in Afghanistan

In war, there are no absolutes, and in our war in Afghanistan, we appear to be in a stalemate.

There is no guarantee that special operators like those of the once vaunted, “Blackwater, now called Frontier Services Group” be the answer?

One thing does seem certain, they won’t be playing by the rules of the Geneva Conventions and the current rules of engagement which hamper U.S. and coalition forces likely won’t bother them.

Another certainty is the contractor(s) winning the bid if this will be the way forward will become rich.

 

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USA TODAY

Jim Michaels

August 8th, 2017

The White House is actively considering a bold plan to turn over a big chunk of the U.S. war in Afghanistan to private contractors in an effort to turn the tide in a stalemated war, according to the former head of a security firm pushing the project.

 

 

Under the proposal, 5,500 private contractors, primarily former Special Operations troops, would advise Afghan combat forces.

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The plan also includes a 90-plane private air force that would provide air support in the nearly 16-year-old war against Taliban insurgents, Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater security firm, told USA TODAY.

The unprecedented proposal comes as the U.S.-backed Afghan military faces a stalemate in the war and growing frustration by President Trump about the lack of progress in the war.

The U.S. military has 8,400 U.S. troops there to train and guide local forces. 

They do not have a direct combat role, and presumably would be replaced gradually by the contractors.

 

Other White House officials, such as chief strategist Stephen Bannon, appear open to using private contractors.

“At what point do you say a conventional military approach in Afghanistan is not working,” said Prince, a former Navy SEAL?

“Maybe we say that at 16 years.”

Blackwater founded 1997, worked extensively in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prince sold the company in 2010.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment. 

Prince said the plan will cost less than $10 billion a year, significantly lower than the more than $40 billion the Pentagon has budgeted this year.

 

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5 Responses to Trump White House weighs unprecedented plan to privatize much of the war in Afghanistan

  1. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
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  2. Pamela says:

    As I wrote earlier, I believe this entire war has been a cover for far more nefarious activities on an international scale, concerning the protection of the vast opium fields grown in Afghanistan and the lucrative vein of oil running beneath the soil there. What else could there be? The wealthy and powerful in this world have greatly succeeded in deceiving the masses with this phony “War on Terror” for years now. The collective national outrage after the events of September 11, 2001 was all the ammo that the administration of New World Order President George W. Bush needed to justify sending American troops into Afghanistan. We were going in there to allegedly track down and kill the mastermind behind the events of that horrible September day, one Osama Bin Ladin, and his band of cutthroat followers.
    What the American people did not know was that Bin Ladin was safely hidden away somewhere and would be dead within two years of liver cancer or kidney failure. I cannot remember exactly what killed him, but I do remember the night when his death was announced on the evening news in either 2002 or 2003. Just like I can clearly remember an ABC News profile back in 2005 of a young and upcoming star of the Democratic Party, whom they referred to as “the son of a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya”. Three years later, Barack Hussein Obama-whose very name clearly suggests that he is a Muslim- was elected 44th President of the United States.
    If President Trump wants to bring our military men home from this pointless debacle and replace them with private contractors or mercenaries who will go in there to protect the vested interests of Big Pharm and Big Oil then I think he should be allowed to do it. We need our troops here at home to protect and guard our borders from the evil trying to sneak in here to harm our people and nation.
    By the way, Jim, I think this video concerning WH national security adviser, H.R. McMaster might be of interest to you!
    .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgp_Yz6UOYQ

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    • JCscuba says:

      Well said, make that perfectly said with the exception of the interests on Big Pharma and Big Oil, I see no connection there. Maybe long ago on the oil, don’t need anything they are selling.

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  3. Stealth General says:

    I have a bad taste for war, any war. However, war is many times necessary for a free country to remain free. That’s how I felt before going to Vietnam. It was there that I saw that in modern wars politics oils the machinery of war and pays greatly to those who build that machine, making a few very rich at the expense of our men and women who serve.

    I still believe that a war may be necessary but only to protect our freedom, not to impose our ideals on others. I believe our men and women in uniform should be here in our country protecting us from those who would do us harm. There will always be those (mercenaries) who live for fighting and the prospect of becoming rich.

    Technology has enabled us to strike targets outside our country in tactical and strategic ways and is still useful to strike a known enemy target, especially when that enemy is targeting our country and our people. And, that can be done without endangering our own troops.

    In his campaign speeches President Trump had stated that he would make those countries pay for their protection. By out-sourcing warriors he can accomplish that promise as well as bring our troops back within our borders.

    I would like to see an end to wars but realistically we need to stay on our toes, standing tall and strong. In the meantime we need to declare a different kind of war on our politicians who promote wars abroad and profit greatly. THEY are our enemy!

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    • JCscuba says:

      Well stated General, indeed, that’s how you felt “Before going to Vietnam.” That war made me believe if we wanted to fight in wars where when were not attacked or threatened with attack let the politicians do it. Jim

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