Blackwater founder Erik Prince.Photo Credit:
Did you read what happened earlier this week in Afghanistan? A suicide bomber set himself off in Nangarhar Province, east of Jalalabad on Tuesday and killed 14 individuals at an election rally. costs at least$45 billion a year in Afghanistan. About one billion of that amount is invested for “financial aid” to Afghanistan, and$5 billion is being invested on” Afghan forces,”according to the report. That leaves$13 billion we’re presently spending on U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, and$26 billion on “logistical assistance.” It’s that $39 billion Erik Prince has his eyes on. Simply between you and me, that’s a shitload of money. What he wants to do is draw down our military forces until all we’ve got
over there are 2,500 special operations troops for”counterterrorism missions”according to the Times. Prince would replace the 15,000 American military forces currently serving in Afghanistan with about 6,000 of his private professionals. The Times reports that his specialists would offer”skeletal structure support, “whatever the hell that is, along with”training for Afghan forces.”Prince proposes that his force of 6,000 personal specialists”would be supported by air through a fleet of contracted aircraft flown by joint groups of Afghans and specialists,”according to the Times. Huh? Simply who those “contracted airplane “would come from, Erik is keeping to himself. But here’s a tip: we’re not in the habit of loaning out our fight airplane to the type of rent-a-private-pilots Prince is proposing.We’ve got 15,000 soldiers over there being supported by what quantities to unlimited Flying force and if requirement be Naval air support, along with American Army attack helicopters and Blackhawks. And our soldiers are serving in assistance of Afghan forces in fighting the Taliban, which implies that they are providing intelligence, air support and logistical assistance to the Afghan army (remember the$26 billion for”logistical assistance? “Some of that supports the Afghans ). And with all of that assistance, all of those American soldiers, and those tens of billions of dollars being invested, “Afghan security forces are dying at a record number of 30 to 40 a
day,”according to the Times. Not to discuss the numerous civilians being eliminated by seemingly limitless suicide bomb attacks. Erik Prince’s genius plan would take the $ 13 billion we’re investing to spend for 15,000 American soldiers and use it to pay for 6,000 private professionals. And he would take the$26 billion being used for logistical support for 15,000 American and Afghan forces, and use it to support his 6,000 professionals and whatever he decides to throw the Afghan army’s way.Gee, do you see any space for revenue there?Of course, Prince is pitching his plan to the White Home as a method to save money. He understands all about saving cash fighting wars, this man. According to the Times, his company Blackwater was given”hundreds of millions”of dollars in agreements throughout the war in Iraq prior to his company was blacklisted after a few of his specialists shot a bunch of civilians in Baghdad in 2007. Let’s see … the war in Iraq started in 2003. That implies in four years, he was able to glom numerous billions of our tax dollars in personal agreements over there prior to he was fired. The male is really, really proficient at spending cash, that much is clear.And do not forget, when tax dollars are invested in private contracts, a revenue is integrated in.
When tax dollars are invested to pay American soldiers and send them to war, no one earnings. Not the soldiers. Not the government. Not the taxpayers. Nobody.The report from the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight states that amount to cost for the war we’ve been battling in Afghanistan is someplace” in between$ 841 billion”– a figure Brown University’s Cost of Wars Job says is significantly underestimated–“to approximately$2 trillion.”That’s the kind of money Prince has his eye on down the roadway. We’ve spent 17 years over there
. For all of his talk of ending American military federal government in Afghanistan, he understands we’re not going anywhere. He understands we’re going to keep throwing cash at the issue, since that’s what America does.He just wants a great part of the 10s of billions we’re going to throw to land in his pocket. An American soldier was eliminated in Afghanistan last Thursday, making a total of eight American soldiers eliminated there this year. An overall of 2,372 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan because 2001, with more than 20,000 wounded. That’s the”blood “of the” blood and treasure, “politicians state we have invested in Afghanistan for 17 years.What Erik Prince wants to do is replace the blood of American soldiers with the blood of his private contractors. He desires to take the treasure out of our tax-paying pockets and put it in his capitalistic profit-making pocket.That has never ever been carried out in this country. We do not hire mercenary armies and send them overseas to combat our wars for us. We send our Army and our Navy and
our Flying force and our Marines overseas if we believe something is very important enough to combat a war for.If we change our minds,
and calculate that something isn’t worth investing our” blood and treasure “on, we bring our soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines home.What we do not do is substitute what we believe in for revenue. We do not substitute the males and females who serve in our militaries for mercenaries. And we don’t replace our financial sacrifices in taxes we spend for earnings going into the already-bulging pockets of the similarity Erik Prince.