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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 09:16 AM

The 'Blackwater 2.0' Plan for Afghanistan

Here’s a crazy idea floating around Washington these days, outlandish even by today’s outlandish standards: The United States should hire a mercenary army to “fix” Afghanistan, a country where we’ve been at war since 2001, spending billions along the way. The big idea here is that they could extricate U.S. soldiers from this quagmire, and somehow solve it.

Not surprisingly, the private-military industry is behind this proposal. Erik D. Prince, a founder of the private military company Blackwater Worldwide, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a billionaire financier who owns the giant military contractor DynCorp International, each see a role for themselves in this future. Their proposal was offered at the request of Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, and Jared Kushner, his senior adviser and son-in-law, according to people briefed on the conversations.

It could get worse. In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Prince laid out a plan whereby the fighting force would be led by an American viceroy who would report directly to Trump. Modeled after General Douglas MacArthur, who ruled Japan after World War II, the viceroy would consolidate all American power in a single person. His mission: Do whatever it takes to pacify Afghanistan. No more backseat driving of the war from pesky bureaucrats in Washington, or restrictive rules of engagement imposed on soldiers. An American viceroy with a privatized fighting force would make trains run on time in Afghanistan—if they had trains.

Who would this viceroy be? Probably Prince had himself in mind, and that should worry everyone. Under his watch, Blackwater military contractors opened fire in a city square in Baghdad, killing 17 civilians in one of the worst episodes of the Iraq war. When asked by Congress how he addressed potential wrongdoing among his employees in 2007, he said: “If there is any sort of … problem, whether it's bad attitude, a dirty weapon, riding someone's bike that's not his, we fire him. … If they don't hold to the standard, they have one decision to make: window or aisle.”

Prince has been developing these ideas for a while. In his Journal op-ed, he wrote that the British East India Company should be the model for U.S. operations in Afghanistan. This private company was the instrument of British colonization of India for centuries, led by a viceroy with monarchical powers and a private army to rule the natives. Prince’s solution for Afghanistan amounts to neo-colonialism.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/07/afghanistan-erik-prince-trump-britain/533580/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAtlantic+(The+Atlantic+-+Master+Feed)

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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 09:46 AM

1. Truly Blackwater 2.0...

...under the direction of the Dark Prince*. The United States should have cooperated to the fullest with investigations to determine EVERYTHING THAT WAS WRONG with Iraq invasion part two, INCLUDING the roles played by cheney*, bush*, rumsferatu*, kindasleeza rice*, and the rest of the truly nefarious characters, PNAC* and otherwise, that advocated, planned and executed an invasion of a sovereign state, ostensibly for its participation in 9/11, WHICH IT DID NOT DO, NOR HAD ANY PART OF. Everything about Iraq 2.0 was criminal. EVERYTHING. And one of the most shameful periods of a most shameful situation is where the United States allowed prince* and his band of murderous thugs to run rampant through Iraq, killing and plundering at will. In effect, we installed our own personal warlord.

Colin Powell* -go fuck yourself for your lies at the UN, you traitorous bastard- referred to the situation in Iraq as the "Pottery Barn rule," meaning "you break it, you bought it." WE MORE THAN BROKE IRAQ. Every fucking citizen of this country should hang their head in shame for what was done in our name. And the chief perpetrators of many of the atrocities was blackwater* and eric prince*.

There was a time when this Country punished war profiteers and war criminals.

I DESPISE eric prince* with a passion. I believe if a true psychological profile was allowed to be constructed, we would find a very wealthy psychopath with a messianic complex, swathed in a nefarious narcisism, unmatched only by donald trump*. And even worse is prince*s own little brand of theocratic terrorism: a racist, homophobe, misogynistic, hateful man.

Sure, blackwater 2.0... what could go wrong?

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Tue Jul 18, 2017, 07:38 PM

2. Hasn't this been tried before, by the Brits?

Didn't work out too well for them...

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Tue Jul 18, 2017, 10:08 PM

3. K&R

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