Here’s the blueprint for Erik Prince’s $5 billion plan to privatize the Afghanistan war
Erik Prince has continued to advocate the privatization of the war in Afghanistan through a plan that will allegedly cut costs and make gains that have remained illusive over the past 17 years. Prince has betted on President Trump’s longstanding opposition to the significant U.S. presence in Afghanistan, a bet that has seen its odds improve with the departure of Rex Tillerson, H.R. McMaster and the reduction of Mattis’s influence. Secretary of Defense Mattis remains a staunch opponent of the idea, arguing that “when Americans put their nation’s credibility on the line, privatizing it is probably not a wise idea,” Prince is hoping that Bolton and his staff will become more sympathetic to it. The basics of the privatization plan are to exchange 23,000 multinational forces and 27,000 DoD-supporting contractors for 6,000 contractors and 2,000 active-duty U.S. special forces, end the NATO mission, end traditional rotations, insert a private air force, and cut the operational costs of the war to a fraction of existing expenditures.