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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2018 9:56 p.m. PST

…. To Change The Course Of The Afghan War.

"The former founder and CEO of Blackwater says he needs just six months and roughly 3,600 men to make the Afghan War look far different from the shitshow it is now.

In an interview with Afghanistan's TOLO News, Erik Prince once again pitched his idea to privatize the nearly-17-year-old conflict, offering up a force of "contracted veteran mentors" from the United States and NATO countries to serve alongside Afghan security forces.

"Well, I would say six months after the program is fully ramped up, you have a very different situation on the ground, I will commit to that," Prince said, outlining a plan to provide 36 contractors for each unit of Afghan security forces, who would serve for two to four years at a time…."
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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2018 10:29 p.m. PST

Should give him a chance, since the current strategy isn't working, nor ALL the other ones.

foxweasel29 Sep 2018 1:59 a.m. PST

He would also need a total news blackout and Ghengis Khan's RoE.

Gaz004529 Sep 2018 4:45 a.m. PST

Carte Blanche would be the unwritten terms of the contract……made with the Kabul regime so the US and partners have distance……

The remark on 2-4 contract years possibly highlights the problems with the 6 month mentoring schemes running at the moment, by the time the trust and effective liaison skills are in place, they rotate back with ' job done' leaving the ANA to start all over again with new advisors and possibly different approaches……it also reinforces the ' no end in right's for the local forces whilst the Westerners get to go home…….

Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 7:18 a.m. PST

We need to get out. The Iranians and Russians are never going to allow us success even if it means chaos on their borders. After years of little progress I can only imagine they have covert ops like we ran during the soviet occupation.

FatherOfAllLogic29 Sep 2018 8:42 a.m. PST

What a sales pitch! Aka "far different look" = more atrocities. That'll help the US brand.

Roderick Robertson Fezian29 Sep 2018 10:12 a.m. PST

Yeah, let's put the war in the hands of Mercenaries*, who have even less incentive to finish it.

"Far different" may mean a whole lot of things, not necessarily "better" or "over".

*If you don't like the term "Mercenary", feel free to insert "Freelance Security Forces".

coopman29 Sep 2018 6:22 p.m. PST

Far easier said than done, me thinks.

Lion in the Stars29 Sep 2018 10:13 p.m. PST

The locals will at least understand Genghis Kahn's RoEs…

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 2:18 a.m. PST

I suspect the enemy might also fear it.

Striker30 Sep 2018 6:22 a.m. PST

So would this plan qualify as a "rage quit"?

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 12:19 p.m. PST

Note that he said he could "turn the war around." He didn't promise that it would be won. The current situation resulted from the withdrawal of American forces in Afghanistan, which left the inadequate ANA to fend for themselves.

If we send Blackwater mercs they will be fighting not to lose, which is no different than previous troop surges that could only achieve temporary success and eventual stalemate.

In that light Prince is only proposing more of the same. In six months the situation may look different, but his contractors will be stuck in a quagmire much longer than four years.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP01 Oct 2018 3:17 p.m. PST

Sending a religious fanatic to kill other religious fanatics always works out great.

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