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Private Contractor War?

Posted: August 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

I’ve included an excerpt from the article below. Evidently, there is some consideration of having “private contractors” take over the ‘war’ in Afghanistan. It seems unbelievable, but we’re basically talking about sanctioning mercenaries and funding them to conduct the actions of the US federal government.

Truth is definitely stranger than fiction:

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

Erik Prince is a former Navy SEAL officer and founder

Eric Prince, founder of Blackwater/XE

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. 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.