As the White House works to develop a new Afghan strategy, President Donald Trump is exploring deploying more mercenaries to Afghanistan to fight the “unwinnable” war against the Taliban.
Blackwater (a mercenary firm) CEO Erik Prince is pushing the idea through media. He proposes to use some 5,000 “private military contractors” to replace U.S. troops currently deployed to support Afghanistan’s national security forces. He also proposes building a “private air force” with close to 100 aircraft, including fixed-wing jets, attack helicopters and drones. Of course, Prince, the brother of Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, would be paid for his company’s services.
The National Security Council announced last week there are some 11,000-12,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. This is up from previously-reported totals in the 8,000 troop range, which Secretary of Defense James Mattis blamed on phony Barack Obama-era accounting that did not count troops deployed for 120 days or less.
In addition to the 11,000 or so U.S. troops there are some 26,000 mercenaries defense contractors. This includes people handling analysis, translation and interpretation, as well as private-security contractors.
The defense industry has pocketed nearly $100 billion in Afghanistan just since 2007.
It was Blackwater mercenaries, you may recall, who opened fire on a carload of Iraqi civilians at a roundabout in Baghdad in 2007, causing the car to explode, killing a family. Eyewitnesses claim the Blackwater guards then fired without provocation into the surround area as civilians and Iraqi officers tried to flee. As many as 17 people died in the fracas, and four Blackwater employees were later convicted in the assault, with one getting life in prison and three others getting 30 years each.
Prince calls his idea “cost-effective” and “low-footprint” model and used a historical analogy to describe it on MSNBC, comparing his idea to the East India Company.
The EIC, formed in Great Britain to bolster trade in the East Indies, morphed into a corporate and military power that dominated India and controlled its government and monopolized trade for about 100 years, while it employed a private army of about 260,000 soldiers, twice the size of the British Army.
Trump is reportedly considering it. Sounds like a good deal for Prince. But not for the Afghan citizens or America, which will be financing his new empire with more fiat.
With the aid of mercenaries the U.S. doesn’t need a draft nor even the support of the public to wage endless wars of aggression. Contract military personnel earn as much as $500,000 per year, whereas a U.S. Army sergeant earns $46,960 to $58,415 per year. This is not to be revealed to the American people because mercenary contractors operate outside the law and the amount that they are paid versus Americans must be kept a secret. After all, this “paid” army costs nothing since they are paid with printing press fiat paper money.
Murder for hire is as old as civilization and today the elite who rule can pursue their aggression with impunity or even with the knowledge of the American people. They can have as large a private army as they want. It costs them nothing.
Those who create the fiat paper money can buy a 10 million-man army that could be used to brutally subdue the U.S. population. This is frightening, and Americans don’t suspect this murder for hire outside the law. You may be sure that it will not be publicized.