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Officials worry Trump may back Erik Prince plan to privatize war in Afghanistan
NBC "News" ^ | Aug.17, 2018 | Carol E. Lee, Courtney Kube and Josh Lederman

Posted on 08/17/2018 12:04:37 PM PDT by Behind the Blue Wall

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is increasingly venting frustration to his national security team about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and showing renewed interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, current and former senior administration officials said.

Prince's idea, which first surfaced last year during the president's Afghanistan strategy review, envisions replacing troops with private military contractors who would work for a special U.S. envoy for the war who would report directly to the president.

It has raised ethical and security concerns among senior military officials, key lawmakers and members of Trump's national security team. A year after Trump's strategy announcement, his advisers are worried his impatience with the Afghanistan conflict will cause him to seriously consider proposals like Prince's or abruptly order a complete U.S. withdrawal, officials said.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; blackwater; erikprince; mercenaries; oef; trumpdod; war
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I know nothing of military affairs, but it certainly sounds interesting. Whatever we're doing now is apparently not working all that well. $63 billion this year, plus how many lives? Seventeen years on.
1 posted on 08/17/2018 12:04:37 PM PDT by Behind the Blue Wall
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If namesless former officials (*cough* Brennan) are against it, I’m for it.


2 posted on 08/17/2018 12:12:41 PM PDT by proust ("The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today.")
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To: Behind the Blue Wall

Are our great generals incapable of closing out the war?


3 posted on 08/17/2018 12:17:13 PM PDT by joesbucks
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Methinks Blackwater personnel would act as mercenaries. Further, I believe mercenaries have fewer constraints in battle against bad guys. If these assumptions are valid, this is a good thing for our side. IMOHO 😁
4 posted on 08/17/2018 12:17:15 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn’t common anymore.)
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We should get OUT of Afghanistan. That was a campaign promise. President Trump got delayed for what was supposed to be a short amount of time to get things ready for a smooth transition. Seems to me, at over a year in office, it's past time.

A war run by private contractors? That's insane. There should be much less, or no use of private contractors in global endeavors. If someone wants to serve the US, they should join up.

5 posted on 08/17/2018 12:19:09 PM PDT by grania (President Trump, stop believing the Masters of War!)
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Not a bad idea. Maybe he’s read a few Tom Clancy books.


6 posted on 08/17/2018 12:23:07 PM PDT by rfp1234 (I have already previewed this composition.)
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Should get out of all Mohammadan countries, and not one dime of aid to them.


7 posted on 08/17/2018 12:37:02 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj ("It's Slappin' Time !")
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If Erik Prince wants to wage a private war, then he better be on the hook for every penny of expense. No taxpayer money for mercenaries.


8 posted on 08/17/2018 12:54:42 PM PDT by wrcase
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To: Behind the Blue Wall

I hear Chinese businessmen are hiring him in Africa to protect them from angry blacks


9 posted on 08/17/2018 1:07:04 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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Erik would get the job done in the most sane and expeditious way possible... When he finishes there he needs to receive a contract to clean out every trace of the deep stare communists...


10 posted on 08/17/2018 1:08:04 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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Sounds like war profiteering. Military industrial. It would be cheaper and no ‘involuntary’ troops. Cheaper does not mean successful or future increases in funding. I say no.


11 posted on 08/17/2018 1:29:06 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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I was going to ask if the article reveals who would pay the mercenaries. If it’s not us, I think it’s a great idea.


12 posted on 08/17/2018 1:29:32 PM PDT by Defiant (I may be deplorable, but I'm not getting in that basket.)
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To: Behind the Blue Wall

We should get out of Afghanistan. It’s a black hole sucking lives & money.


13 posted on 08/17/2018 1:30:55 PM PDT by Trumpisourlastchance
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To: grania
The majority of contractors (shooter grade ones at least) have already joined up and served. They're using their prior experience now.

Blackwater isn't just hiring people off the street.

14 posted on 08/17/2018 1:35:47 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard ( Flag burners can go screw -- I'm mighty PROUD of that ragged old flag)
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I mean he pays for everything. He wants planes, he buys them. I’ve seen this movie too many times, Private gains, public losses. He will eventually run out of money because Afghanistan isn’t going to pay him.


15 posted on 08/17/2018 1:45:23 PM PDT by wrcase
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To: Behind the Blue Wall

We should get out of Afghanistan and quit wasting money.
No one has ever tamed it and no one ever will.


16 posted on 08/17/2018 1:52:59 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Behind the Blue Wall

I never understood why we don’t have an American Foreign Legion. It certainly works for France.


17 posted on 08/17/2018 1:59:03 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
Prince's idea, which first surfaced last year during the president's Afghanistan strategy review, envisions replacing troops with private military contractors who would work for a special U.S. envoy for the war who would report directly to the president... his advisers are worried his impatience with the Afghanistan conflict will cause him to seriously consider proposals like Prince's or abruptly order a complete U.S. withdrawal, officials said.
Oh no -- an abrupt complete withdrawal! Heavens to Betsy!

Using a private contractor would keep the worldwide supply of mercs busy in one place. Thanks Behind the Blue Wall.

18 posted on 08/17/2018 2:14:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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Ron Paul was right again.
The Constitution already provides a tool to fight terrorists: Letters of Marquis and Reprisal.


19 posted on 08/17/2018 2:34:56 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GOAT POTUS TRUMP)
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“Should get out of all Mohammadan countries, and not one dime of aid to them.”

Yes! And destroy every last opium poppy on the way out the door and make those poppy fields infertile for a couple of decades. Making them glow in the dark would be good!


20 posted on 08/17/2018 2:36:33 PM PDT by vette6387
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