The Latest Attempt To Win The Afghan War: Replace The Soldiers With Mercenaries
SHTFplan, Aug 10, 2017
One of the most controversial aspects of the Iraq war was the heavy use of defense contractors, who were paid vast sums of money to do jobs an ordinary soldier could do. Defense contractors reaped $138 billion dollars by providing security, logistics, and construction services. Among the most notorious of these contractors was Blackwater, whose employees gained a reputation for brutal behavior that caused many deaths.
Fast forward to today, and now Blackwater’s founder, former Navy Seal Erik Prince, is pushing for a plan to win the war in Afghanistan by replacing the soldiers with defense contractors. Prince described this idea in colonial terms. The private military units would be based on units that were deployed by the British East India Company, and would be lead by a single person who he referred to as an “American Viceroy,” that would report directly to the president.
Trump appears to be taking the idea seriously. Afghanistan is now America’s longest running war, and no matter how many soldiers, generals, aid, or money we throw at the country, nothing brings stability.
Prince said the contractors would be “adjuncts” of the Afghan military and would wear that nation’s military uniforms.
Currently, troops from a U.S.-led coalition are stationed primarily at top level headquarters and are not embedded with conventional combat units in the field. Under the plan the contractors would be embedded with Afghanistan’s more than 90 combat battalions throughout the country.
The plan will supposedly cost $10 billion per year. It would involve replacing much of the 8,400 troops who are currently stationed in Afghanistan with 5,500 contractors, and provide a privately owned air force of 90 planes.
However, there is one problem with this plan. There’s probably a good reason why our soldiers aren’t embedded with the Afghan army in such a decentralized fashion. It has to do with the fact that our soldiers are routinely killed by Taliban sympathizers masquerading as Afghan soldiers (many of whom are severely demoralized, poorly paid and equipped, and lead by corrupt officers). Without separating the contractors into heavily fortified compounds (as our military does right now), and by spreading them thin across a vast and desolate country, these contractors would be extremely vulnerable.
Perhaps instead of asking how we could win the war in Afghanistan, we should be asking ourselves how we can get out as fast as possible and cut our losses.
It’s been 16 years, and there’s no sign that the people in that country have any interest in becoming what we want them to be. And without that support, there is no military plan in the world that will ever give us victory in Afghanistan.
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