Indirect Imperial Butchery: America’s Disturbing Plan to Privatize the Longest War

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Indirect Imperial Butchery: America’s Disturbing Plan to Privatize the Longest War

As President Donald Trump vents his frustration with the United States’ “losing” strategy in Afghanistan, the “notorious mercenary” and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has seized the moment to offer his favored alternative: privatize the war.

Prince, someone with White House connections, has drafted a proposal that would hand the longest war in American history over to a private “band of experienced sergeants,” – read unaccountable murderers. Prince proposes a two-year plan for fewer than 5,000 global guns for hire and under 100 aircraft, bringing the total cost of the US effort to turn round a failing war to less than $10 billion a year.

The plan, this literal colonialism, would be very similar to Blackwater’s approach in Iraq, where the private contractors had significant influence on US policy. It will potentially open the door to deadly abuses and murders by unaccountable forces, like those seen in Iraq.

Ronald Neumann, who served as the US Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007, has echoed these concerns in an interview with mainstream media: “There’s a bad record of contractors and human rights abuses. There’s no legal structure to govern this.”

What’s more, Washington has admitted to its failure in the years-long war in the Asian country. Defense Secretary James Mattis has acknowledged that the US is “not winning in the war.” The Pentagon chief has also admitted that the US forces are not performing well in Afghanistan.

Which brings us back to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, a developing humanitarian catastrophe in one of the most volatile regions on the planet. The crisis in these unfortunate nations will deepen as US forces and private contractors will continue to destabilize environments and livelihoods, all while increasing displacement risk further. Intersecting with spiking violence and entrenched terrorism, environment-related social stressors and public-health crises will aggravate insecurity and resource competition. It could also breed even more conflict, as appears to be happening almost everywhere in the Middle East.

The link between state-sponsored violence, terrorism, and scarcity is illustrated today in Yemen, where intersecting stressors are spurring “recurring droughts, poor access to basic services and infrastructure, lack of livelihood options and ongoing US-Saudi blockade, conflict and insecurity, leaving highly vulnerable and exposed people with no other option but to either fight back or move.

It could get worse in Afghanistan. Despite the ridiculousness of all this, the idea appears to be gaining traction in Washington. There will be no more backseat driving of the war from pesky bureaucrats in Washington, or restrictive rules of engagement imposed on soldiers. Their interests are more likely profit than concern for Afghans.

The fact that the idea has champions in Washington sends a message to the whole galaxy of private military contractors: Business may be booming once again! If America entertains the possibility of outsourcing one of its most intractable foreign policy boondoggles, it may well push the market to spit out huge numbers of these fighters. It is supply and demand, generating tens of thousands of soldiers of fortune.

The truth is, the people of Afghanistan and beyond want peace, not war and certainly not American mercenaries, who breed war and suffering. They know first-hand that for-profit warriors proliferate armed conflict – as long as there is someone to pay, there will always be a sectarian war to start, expand or prolong. History of Iraq shows us that they often maraud between contracts, preying on the innocent.

Sad to say, the privatization of America’s endless war is already underway. Denial is not a strategy to manage this growing problem. But the Middle East is not ready for such a crazy idea, and may never be. Indeed, a ceasefire in the entire region is imperative in 2017 in order to stop the bleeding. But instead, all the American allies in the region as well as Europe and the United States are involved in fanning the flames of the conflicts even more. It is clear now that they are not doing this to save lives or promote democracy.

They are talking about private war and security, but what about diplomacy? Beyond diplomatic skills, they need imagination and courage to find a solution to the drawn-out conflicts. Only then can ISIL, Al-Qaeda, and their affiliates be stopped.

In summary, the world desperately needs to renew its approach and institutions to truly reach peace. The United Nations can and should play this role, but unfortunately the voices of peace are so few that many member states have become pessimistic. Still, peace in the Middle East is the only possible option; the world only needs the political will to achieve it. The alternative – indirect colonial butchery and privatize war – is already unbearable for millions trapped in America’s endless war. In the meantime, the need for humanitarian assistance remains great.

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16 Responses to "Indirect Imperial Butchery: America’s Disturbing Plan to Privatize the Longest War"

  1. Trakkath  August 11, 2017 at 12:41 am

    It is simply “murder without conseqences” and underruns the states privilege of force. But they shit on “law and order” those chaots. Why not give Klu-Klux-Klan the same privileges ?

  2. Aftab shah  August 10, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    1.Stop the war immediately.
    2. Give six months for every one to settle down and people abroad to come back.
    3. Hold a free and fair elections to form a government.
    4. Let the elected Afghan government decide all policies.

    The other option is keep fighting and sell drugs to make money.

  3. joetv  August 10, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Fake fundamentalist.

  4. joetv  August 10, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Devos, and his minions will get their ass handed back to them. After extreme torture. Which they deserve.

  5. Khalid Talaat  August 10, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    These mercs will be used against the US constitution, one day. Blowback is a fact of life. These people are in it for the highest bidder.

    • Trakkath  August 11, 2017 at 12:42 am

      But calling others who defend themselves “Terrorists”. Who are the terrorists now ?

  6. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  August 10, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    No one mentions the opium crops and the dire need for U.S.-approved soldiers to protect U.S-approved opium crops from rivals. The Taliban eliminated U.S. opium crops. The first order of business upon U.S. arrival in Afghanistan in 2001 was to restore U.S. opium crops to record levels. Mission Accomplished!

    Under the ‘watchful’ intel eye of U.S. General Mike Flynn while in Afghanistan (pre-Trump), U.S. boys & girls transferred opium crop processing facilities from Afghanistan to Turkey, for whom ‘retired’ General Mike Flynn became a lobbyist for Erdogan’s Turkey — after which Trump picked Flynn for a short tenure as Trump’s National Security Adviser (possibly due to Flynn’s involvement with Turkey etc.).

    If Trump SecEd brother Erik Prince’s Blackwater follow-on takes on a role as Poppy Guardian in Chief, then Trump & his Kosher Nostra buddies will get their fair share. So, don’t worry… Be happy. 😉

    • Khalid Talaat  August 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      It amazing how many high IQed people cant make this connection.

  7. JohnZ  August 10, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I hope that all those working for Prince/Blackwater get killed in Afghanistan. If it were in my pervue, I would arm the people with every sort of high tech weaponry against these scum. I would not hesitate for one second to even feel remorse these weapons would be used against Americans either. The people of Afghanistan have every right to kill as many foreign invaders as they can.

    • Jaffer Jamil  August 10, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Without US air support, Erik Prince and his mercernaries are no match for Afghanis.

    • Chris Paul  August 10, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      The wheel turns. USA supplied the Mujahadeen with Stingers to take out the Russian Copters. These ended up on the Iranian National Guard Fast Patrol Boats arounf the Texas Class Aegis Cruiser that shot down the A300 full of Pilgrims. Apparently the Control Room on that ship was pandemonium immediately prior to those orders. The Russians are remarkably restrained in avoiding that kind of escalation. I suppose they reason that the American State is polluting its own people with drugs and thus further weakening the fabric of USA Society. That or not wanting ISIS or some such ending up with the manpads.

  8. David Odell  August 10, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Now that the Heroin produced in Afghanistan represents 80% of the worlds supply, the weasels want to keep their hands clean. Production doubled from 2015 to 2016 and the growing addictions and overdose deaths in the US right in step. If a person has attended compulsory education for 13 years, but cannot observe simple connections, to me, raises serious questions about the veracity and effectiveness of a compulsory attendance to the system responsible. I would think schools of all types would be shouting from the rooftops to point out the correlation between Heroin use in the US and the start of the Afghanistan war. The only losing thing , it seems to me, is the loss of credibility. The profits on 80% must be pretty big. Unimaginable even to those with 13 or more years of compulsory math.

    • JohnZ  August 10, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Washington has no credibility; in truth neither does America.

  9. littlefaith  August 10, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Same old crap…why can’t all involved just walk away? The USA is disgusting with their war mongering all over the world ..but can’t and won’t protect its own borders! Eric Price is A Slim ball who needs run over by a hummer..now dirty corporations are in the business of murder for profit and no one seems to care ..outrageous! I think Trump and his mouthpieces think highly of this turd and is that Betsy Devo related to Prince ..someone in Trumpensteins cabinet is I believe

    • JohnZ  August 10, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Little Betsy is Eric “the Evil” Prince’s sister. Both come form the same religious extremist back ground.

    • Khalid Talaat  August 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Betsy & Eric the American fundamentalists.

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