Mattis is out, & Blackwater is back: "We are coming"

Blueneck

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This month, in the January/February print issue of the gun and hunting magazine “Recoil," the former contractor security firm Blackwater USA published a full-page ad, in all black with a simple message: “We are coming.”

Is the war in Afghanistan — and possibly elsewhere ― about to be privatized?
If Blackwater returns, it would be the return of a private security contractor that was banned from Iraq, but re-branded and never really went away.

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Blackwater’s founder and former CEO Erik Prince has courted President Donald Trump’s administration since he took office with the idea that the now 17-year Afghan War will never be won by a traditional military campaign. Prince has also argued that the logistical footprint required to support that now multi-trillion dollar endeavor has become too burdensome. Over the summer and into this fall Prince has engaged heavily with the media to promote the privatization; particularly as the Trump administration’s new South Asia Strategy, which was crafted with Mattis, passed the one-year mark.

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In an previous exclusive interview with Military Times, Prince said he would scrap the NATO mission there and replace the estimated 23,000 forces in country with a force of 6,000 contracted personnel and 2,000 active-duty special forces.

The potential privatization of the Afghan War was previously dismissed by the White House, and roundly criticized by Mattis, who saw it as a risk to emplace the nation’s national security goals in the hands of contractors.

“When Americans put their nation’s credibility on the line, privatizing it is probably not a wise idea,” Mattis told reporters in August.

But Mattis is out now, one in a series of moves that has surprised most of the Pentagon.
Drastic change would “be more likely” now, one DOD official said.

Could this be the reason Matti's is resigning?


Mattis is out, and Blackwater is back: ‘We are coming’
 

Djinn

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Technically, it's not "Blackwater" anymore. After the first round of scandals, they re-branded as Xe Services, and after it was purchased by investor consortium USTC Holdings, it became "Academi." Now, I think it's a part of Constellis Holdings.
 

Blueneck

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Technically, it's not "Blackwater" anymore. After the first round of scandals, they re-branded as Xe Services, and after it was purchased by investor consortium USTC Holdings, it became "Academi." Now, I think it's a part of Constellis Holdings.
The article I posted goes into all that, but I am more focused on the idea that privatizing wars might be coming back, especially with Erik Prince's ties to the Trump admin, including the infamous Seychelles meeting that Mueller was/is looking at. It doesn't seem that unlikely that maybe the draw down of troops in both Syria & Afghanistan is part of a larger shift towards private forces being used in place of American troops.

From last August:

Regional governments are responding with caution to a reported plan for an "Arab force" in Syria, and are discussing multitude of options such as a training task force to deploy in the east of the country and share the military burden with Washington.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that “the Trump administration is seeking to assemble an Arab force to replace the US military contingent in Syria and help stabilise the north-eastern part of the country”. It also revealed that Erik Prince, the private military contractor and founder of Blackwater, “has been informally contacted by Arab officials about the prospect”.


Trump’s Arab force: discussions 'early' but could be for 'training'

Blackwater founder Erik Prince shows interest in participating in force that would be deployed in Syria


It doesn't matter what it's called, does it?
 
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Wherever Trump can shift taxpayer's dollars to private businesses, with some kickback for himself.. he will jump all over it.
Redistribution of wealth, baby !
 
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Devil505

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Blackwater under any name is Murder Inc.....a criminal organization that commits war crimes for criminal Presidents like Trump and GW Bush was. Both Republicans btw.