Blackwater founder wants to create in Afghanistan, «East India company»

CC BY 2.0 / The U.S. Army / Returning to base Us troops return to base after a patrol near the town of Qalat, Afghanistan,Blackwater founder wants to create in Afghanistan, «East India company»CC BY 2.0 / The U.S. Army / Returning to base Ilya Plekhanov, for RIA Novosti

About a month ago Donald trump gave the nod to send to Afghanistan an additional contingent of American troops. Not everyone in the US administration was satisfied with this decision. Chief political adviser to President Steve Bannon and son-in-law trump Jared Kushner strongly recommended to listen to what Eric says Prince.

The idea of the Prince to trump

Erik Prince — a man more than the known. He is the former head of a private military company (PMC) Blackwater, which, after Iraq became the embodiment of negative attitudes to the contractors as such. After high-profile cases and several years in the shadows today, Prince again goes into the political arena in the United States.

This is partly due to the fact that Betsy DeVos, sister of Erik Prince, holds the post of Minister of education in the administration of the tramp, and the Prince was friendly with Steve Bannon and the Vice-President and Michael Penny.

But it is not only relationships and family. Prince distanced himself from a controversial past Blackwater and once again started strongly and publicly offer to resolve the issues of global security with the help of contractors.

In 2006, he talked about the possibility to create attacking «peacekeeping» mercenary forces that would replace the slow and indecisive UN forces and aggressively, quickly and effectively would have imposed order in hot spots around the world. In 2014, the Prince traveled to Nigeria and offered to pay $ 1.5 billion using PMCs to destroy Boko Haram*, and also to stop oil theft in the country. A year later, the Prince proposed to create in Libya, private shore duty, which would be for four months stopped the flow of refugees to Europe. To Finance the project in theory should have been the European Union and Libya, for which the EU thawed arrested the old Bank account. But in the EU the idea of the Prince has not found support. The founder of the most well-known PMCs in the world are also offered by the mercenaries for a short time without unnecessary geopolitical games to deal with ISIS* in Iraq and Syria. In his opinion, it would have been cheaper than all of the current operations against the Islamists. Politicians who remembered that the chaos in Iraq was created largely by the hands of Blackwater, this idea is predictable not found response.

And now Afghanistan. Even if the US and coalition will bring the number of its troops there to 20-25 thousand people, there is no reason to believe that they can do something better than 140 thousand soldiers in previous years.

Therefore’bannon and Kushner wanted to organize a meeting with the head of the Pentagon, General James Mattis with Erik Prince and billionaire Steve Feinberg, owner of one of the most powerful corporations in the world of military contracts is DynCorp International. Steve Feinberg, by the way, already met with trump to discuss policy issues in Afghanistan and the work of the intelligence Agency, and Erik Prince consulted official representatives of the White house and met with General McMaster, Advisor to trump on national security issues.

Eric Prince with his usual panache has proposed to build in Afghanistan the equivalent of the East India company and to establish a kind of Vice-king, who would be responsible for everything that happens in the country, as was done by Britain in India. The Viceroy, on the idea of the Prince, would decide all the issues in the country alone without layers of bureaucracy and endless meetings with Washington and would be responsible only before the President of the United States.

In addition, he has the power to make decisions on legislation, budget, infrastructure projects, contracts, politics, military action and the like. Prince cites the example of the actions of General MacArthur in postwar Japan, when the commander of the occupying forces of the allies was able to eradicate corruption and contributed to the creation of a new Constitution.

It would have allowed American mercenaries to become a full part of the Afghan world, its language and culture. This approach, according to the Prince, would restore the faith of Afghans in the real help from the West and made them disciplined and loyal to their units.

In Afghanistan at the same time can be special forces of Western countries, but only to complete power point tasks. The aggregate price of hired military presence and the limited security forces, according to the calculations of Prins would be significantly less than the contents of a large official contingent, namely, less than $ 10 billion a year.

The main investors of the project, according to the Prince, must become a major Western corporations interested in natural resources of Afghanistan and the repression of the opium trade from the market. DynCorp International, which performs including logistics, repair and construction tasks in Afghanistan has already received from the US state Department contracts for $ 2.5 billion. So must change the whole approach to the Afghan campaign. The US should not focus on control over the population and large cities, and to control sources of income, namely on natural resources, mines, mines, quarries, which are now not profitable country and exploited by the Taliban*.Blackwater founder wants to create in Afghanistan, «East India company»© AP Photo / Charles Dharapak, FileАмериканский «Plan C» for Afghanistan: let them fight for their country

It is obvious that military bigwigs with such a tarnished reputation could not be met with hostility in the United States. The press called the proposal of the Prince of the new East India company the revival of colonialism. Journalists and experts had rightly pointed out that with this approach, too much power will get private corporations that will work in Afghanistan under the guise of wage war only for profit and without regard for the long-term prospects.

The Prince, however, believe the opposite. According to him, where you make your money, the lead stops and trade more profitable than war. For the same reason, by the way, he is convinced that China (and the Prince is now working for a Chinese company) and the United States will not be military conflict.

Blackwater founder wants to create in Afghanistan, «East India company»© AFP 2017 / Romeo GacadПреступления Navy seals: Tomahawks, scalps and missing deregistered that the Minister of defense General James Mattis cool reception to the ideas of the Prince. Warlord sure to rely in Afghanistan just for the contractors is already too much, but the fact that such conversations with the private sector suggests that the US leadership is trying to find, in addition to the military, any commercial way out of the Afghan crisis.

Anyway, Mattis this month should represent Trump recommendations on Afghanistan. Former U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Laurel Miller, who left his post in June, said that the status quo in Afghanistan does not suit anyone and Americans, it is important to consider all possible options to influence the situation. Even the most extravagant.

*A terrorist organization banned in Russia.

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