Report: Erik Prince, Betsy DeVos’ brother, offers $6,500-a-seat flights from Afghanistan

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Michigan-born military contractor and former Navy SEAL Erik Prince is offering chartered flights out of Afghanistan at $6,500 a seat, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Prince, who is the brother of former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and grew up in west Michigan, told the Journal it would cost more if people needed his aid in getting out of their homes and to the airport with the Taliban in control of the country.

The article, which described the scramble underway by both American forces and private rescue operations to evacuate Afghans, U.S. citizens and others ahead of an Aug. 31 withdrawal of U.S. troops from that country, said it was unclear whether Prince — who founded the military security firm formerly known as Blackwater — was capable of carrying out such rescue missions and flights.

It comes just after criticism was leveled at another west Michigander, U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Grand Rapids, following an unauthorized trip to Kabul on Tuesday with another congressman, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. It is not known how Meijer and Moulton got into Afghanistan, though they departed on a military aircraft, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday.

The White House criticized any attempts for private actors to make money off the evacuations, with Press Secretary Jen Psaki noting Wednesday the Biden administration is evacuating tens of thousands of people free of charge.  Read more…

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/08/25/erik-prince-afghanistan-flights-betsy-devos/5587550001/

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5 COMMENTS

  1. 200 takers makes 1.3 mil. I imagine they thought it was cute when they sent the press release, because the response is predictable. For any part of the US gov to claim profiting off war is unethical pretty much will be laughed at. The other part that sounds dumb is saying the military is doing it for free. The proper response is, ” We are aware of Mr Prince’s activities and while we do not condone it, we will not stand in the way at this time. Currently, the military is evacuating people at no charge, at the expense of the US taxpayers.” To say it is free, is insulting to anyone who broke their backs working their gonads off while having their wages taxed. Also, reminder, Military Pay is subject to Federal Income Tax, and this includes Foreign Duty pay.

  2. Eric Prince’s Mercs & Murders Inc. must not be doing all that great these days. No surprise here, these two would sell their grand ma for much less than $6500. If the system were ever to be even remotely ruled by the will of people, let alone by tenets of christianity these 2 criminals along with the rest of the zionist peddlers should’ve been rotting in jail but there’s no doubt in my mind the evil has been de facto source, force, & course of the USG since the creation of the Federal Reserve.

  3. “…the Biden Administration is evacuating tens of thousands of people free of charge.” Really, Jim? Joe Biden is personally picking up the tab? No, we the taxpayers are paying for this fiasco as part of the total Afghanistan payout, much of which is probably off the Pentagon books. But, it’s not real money anyway. Let’s party till the curtain comes down.