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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 12:47 p.m. PST

…To Fight The War In Afghanistan.

"The White House is actively considering a bold plan to turn over a big chunk of the U.S. war in Afghanistan to private contractors in an effort to turn the tide in a stalemated war, according to the former head of a security firm pushing the project.

Under the proposal, 5,500 private contractors, primarily former Special Operations troops, would advise Afghan combat forces. The plan also includes a 90-plane private air force that would provide air support in the nearly 16-year-old war against Taliban insurgents, Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater security firm, told USA TODAY.

The unprecedented proposal comes as the U.S.-backed Afghan military faces a stalemate in the war and growing frustration by President Trump about the lack of progress in the war…"
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That's a big expansion…!


PrivateSnafu08 Aug 2017 2:05 p.m. PST

Horrible idea on so many levels.

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 3:30 p.m. PST

The USA should stop using mercenaries. They are expensive,
are not subject to military discipline or the law of war,
and are basically stealing all the best troops that we, the citizens, paid to train. They also provide cover for those "leaders" who wish to hide America's wars.

Nevermind that in the end, they may bite the hand that feeds them.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 4:27 p.m. PST

Nobody wins in the 'stan. Let's just declare victory and bring our troops home. The place isn't worth our brightest and best.

Lion in the Stars08 Aug 2017 9:57 p.m. PST

Let's just hire local Afghans to fight the Taliban/DAESH/whoever.

They fight someone we didn't tell them to, we don't pay them.

I mean, they're going to fight anyway. Might as well rent their loyalties for a bit. Lots cheaper than a US- or even African-trained trooper.

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 2:18 p.m. PST

Under US Federal law and International law merc armies are illegal. Private Security Contractors in a war zone can not conduct offensive operations. Legally they can only be used in training, defensive or security positions.

Also for UK and USA citizens, if they work for a PSC/PMC company and do something illegal in a foreign country. These two countries (and several others) have laws already in the books to criminally charge people with. Also if no agreement is made with the foreign country involved. Individuals who work for PSC/PMC companies can be charged criminally under that countries local laws.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

As I've been saying for almost a decade now, after almost every suggestion I hear come out from our illustrious leaders …

What could possibly go wrong?


VCarter Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 9:48 a.m. PST

Call them UN peacekeepers and everything is good.

tookey23 Inactive Member10 Aug 2017 1:22 p.m. PST

It would be pointless and lead to more Benghazi style reviews.

The War in Afghanistan was lost a long time ago – the enemy are not sudued or defeated and will never go away. It was never going to be a win for anyone

SouthernPhantom10 Aug 2017 2:06 p.m. PST

It's not really a war worth fighting, but I suppose it wouldn't be any worse than the way the war is currently being fought. Using mercenaries is certainly a good way to start dismantling the monopoly on force most nation-states attempt to hold.

The laws of war do not apply when fighting nonuniformed combatants. Correct procedure against such enemies, especially ones with a habit of attacking civilians, is extreme brutality to include executing all prisoners not having intelligence value. They are afforded no legal protections, nor should they be granted any.

Unusually enough, ISIS, as a somewhat uniformed force with identifying symbols, flags, et cetera, would receive some level of protection.

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