Trump Mulls Privatizing Afghanistan War

Trump Mulls Privatizing Afghanistan War

What is concerning his advisers, however, is that as Trump sours on the war, he's been showing renewed interest in Blackwater founder Erik Prince's proposal to "privatize" the war, and replace the U.S. occupation force with mercenaries.

"I know he's frustrated".

He envisions replacing troops with private military contractors who would work for a U.S. envoy for the war who would report to the president, the network reported. "He gave the Pentagon what they wanted. and they haven't delivered".

Prince told NBC News "privatizing" is a "loaded term" used by his critics - who are painting "as rosy a picture as they can" to maintain the status quo - because there are now more contractors working in Afghanistan (around 6,000) than US soldiers (approximately 2,000).

As usually happens when Prince makes his periodic appearances on corporate news shows to tout his opportunistic, for-profit war plan, critics were quick to highlight his horrendous track-record and argue that his plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan would lead to even less oversight and more bloodshed.

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Prince, the brother of education Secretary Betsy Devos, says after 17 years it's time to try something new in Afghanistan.

"No such proposal from Erik Prince is under consideration", the spokesman told the network.

And a senior State Department official said there's "not a chance" it will be adopted.

A spokesperson for the National Security Council pushed back at the report, telling NBC News that the president is committed to the strategy he signed off on previous year and that "no such proposal from Erik Prince is under consideration".

President Trump is unhappy with the situation in Afghanistan.

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