A new low for the most revolting almost-member of the Trump Administration
I know that "revolting" and "amoral" are relative concepts in the Trump Administration, but I believe that I can say with some certainty that former Blackwater founder, and brother of Betsy DeVos, Erik Prince has got them all beat.
Erik Prince says he's "been informally contacted by Arab officials about the prospect of building a force in Syria but that he was waiting to see what Mr. Trump would do."
Because of course he has https://t.co/8PeIxAH7p7
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) April 17, 2018
Gee, I wonder where he got that idea?
The power and influence of the mercenary army known as Blackwater peaked in the summer of 2007. Their immense might was clearly demonstrated when the State Department deployed Jean Richter to Iraq to audit the firm's $1 Billion contract with the Pentagon.
Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager there issued a threat: “that he could kill” the government’s chief investigator and “no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq,” according to department reports...
“The management structures in place to manage and monitor our contracts in Iraq have become subservient to the contractors themselves,” the investigator, Jean C. Richter, wrote in an Aug. 31, 2007, memo to State Department officials. “Blackwater contractors saw themselves as above the law,” he said, adding that the “hands off” management resulted in a situation in which “the contractors, instead of Department officials, are in command and in control.”
The Nisour Square massacre started a chain of events that would eventually discredit Blackwater, but it didn't happen immediately or quickly.
We need to remember why Erik Prince moved outside of the United States.
Prince moved to the UAE in 2010. Reports from the time said he made the move to escape possible criminal charges from the US government. The US and UAE have no extradition treaty.
Why isn't anyone talking about this?
In 2011, Blackwater was training Somalians to fight piracy, and getting paid half a billion dollars to train Afghanis to fight opium.
Without bothering to check, I'm going to guess that there is still pirates and opium in those countries.
But disastrous failure has never been a problem for Erik Prince.
When he's not giving testimony to Congress about why he's meeting Russian bankers, he's busy giving the Trump Administration ideas.
For instance, let's privatize the war in Afghanistan.
Prince calls his proposal “A Strategic Economy of Force.” It entails sending 5,500 contractors to Afghanistan to embed with Afghan National Security Forces, and appointing a “viceroy” to oversee the whole endeavor.
"An East India Company approach," Prince wrote in the Wall Street Journal. As if that was a good thing.
So, OK. That idea didn't fly.
But Prince wasn't discouraged. He came up with an even better idea.
The Trump administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal — to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals. The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering “deep state” enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency.
An off-the-books, private spy agency, answering only to a megalomaniac. What's not to love?
It turns out that Prince thinks mercenaries can fix absolutely everything.
Erik Prince, the founder of the American private military company Blackwater and a major donor to President Donald Trump, is proposing a privately-trained police force that he believes would solve the trafficking crisis in Libya.
Now you might be thinking, "What does Erik Prince know about how American spy agencies work?" It turns out, more than he should.
With CIA Director Mike Pompeo promising to make his agency more “vicious,” the Trump administration has elevated to a key White House position a CIA officer who, according to two sources, once worked on a secret CIA assassination program meant to target terrorists.
At the time, the sources say, the program was contracted to Erik Prince, the controversial security contractor whose sister is Donald Trump’s education secretary.
Most of us would assume that with all this illegality, Prince would be spending his time getting lawyer'd up. Then you don't know Prince very well, because he's got bigger plans.
The latest recruit in former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's war against the Republican establishment is, at least on the surface, an unlikely candidate to ride a populist wave to a Senate seat in Wyoming.
..But, at a time of rising grassroots frustration with Republican leaders in Washington, Prince's status as a political outsider and a proven Trump loyalist — he advised the candidate, he pumped $250,000 into his coffers, and his sister is Trump's education secretary — makes him intriguing to a wing of the GOP that isn't afraid to back candidates who have baggage.
Senator Erik Prince.
It just rolls off the tongue, don't it?
The silver-lining is that if Erik Prince gets elected senator then all doubt will be removed - this is End Times.