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'Literal Colonialism': Blackwater Founder Calls for 'American Viceroy' to Rule Afghanistan

Given Prince's past connections to Trump, his recommendations could have some measure of influence

Displaying what one commentator called "sheer 19th century bloodlust and thirst for empire," Erik Prince, founder of the private mercenary firm Blackwater, argued in The Wall Street Journal this week that the United States should deploy an "East India Company approach" in Afghanistan.

The country, he wrote, should be run by "an American viceroy who would lead all U.S. government and coalition efforts‚ÄĒincluding command, budget, policy, promotion, and contracting‚ÄĒand report directly to the president."

Prince continued:

In Afghanistan, the viceroy approach would reduce rampant fraud by focusing spending on initiatives that further the central strategy, rather than handing cash to every outstretched hand from a U.S. system bereft of institutional memory.

Prince insists that these are "cheaper private solutions," but such privatization would also be a boon for military contractors.

As one critic¬†noted, it is hardly surprising that a "war profiteer sees profit opportunity in war." Blackwater, the private military company Prince founded in 1997‚ÄĒwhich now operates under the name¬†Academi‚ÄĒmade a fortune off the invasion of Iraq. In 2007, a¬†New York Times¬†editorial¬†noted¬†that Blackwater had "received more than $1 billion" in no-bid contracts from the Bush administration; that same year, Blackwater contractors shot and killed more than a dozen civilians in what came to be known as the¬†Nisour Square massacre.

But "war profiteering" doesn't quite capture the scope of Prince's vision for Afghanistan. Despite the fact that private contractors have a long record of abuse and deadly criminality, Prince believes that they should have a stronger presence in a war that has spanned nearly 16 years and cost trillions of dollars.

Such a recommendation, combined with Prince's invocation of the East India Company‚ÄĒa vestige of the British empire that "conquered, subjugated, and plundered vast tracts of south Asia for a century," in the¬†words¬†of historian William Dalrymple‚ÄĒamounts to a call for "literal colonialism,"¬†says¬†Anil Kalhan, chair of the New York City Bar Association's International Human Rights Committee.

Prince's past connections to President Donald Trump indicate that his advice could potentially have some measure of influence on the White House.

As The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill, the author of a bestselling book on Blackwater, reported in January, Prince spoke with the Trump "team on matters related to intelligence and defense" and offered suggestions "on candidates for the Defense and State departments." 

In April, The Washington Post reported that Prince, presenting himself as "an unofficial envoy for Trump," met in January with "a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow" and then-President-elect Trump. Prince also donated $250,000 to the Trump campaign following the 2016 Republican National Convention, according to the Post.

Prince's op-ed comes as the Trump administration is reportedly considering sending more troops to Afghanistan as civilian deaths from the war have "reached record levels."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/02/literal-colonialism-blackwater-founder-calls-american-viceroy-rule-afghanistan

"Past connections to Trump" and his sister happens to be in his cabinet.

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8 hours ago, MeakMaker said:

To be honest I'm not surprised... Americans must be the most ignorant people on earth. Obviously NOT all Americans but I have to say their level of intelligence is underwhelming to say the least. There was this show on tv some time ago where they would ask Americans on the streets questions about general knowledge and the answers those peeps were giving were the dumbest things I had ever heard. I was shocked. Some of those people go vote and they can choose whoever they want. I think a lot of the appeal with Trump for many Americans is his celebrity status; a reality TV fixture with millions in the bank and an empire to run. Any person with a degree of intelligence would question or even doubt each and one of his so called "achievements" but dumb people would just fall for the hype.

No, it's most of this country. Truly. Trump was elected with 46% of the vote. NOTHING will ever convince me that these people aren't willfully ignorant or just completely stupid. Or both. Either that, or they're too rich too care and just voted republican because they're programed to do so. Which makes them even worse. 

Look at what entertains this country. While I was shocked by Trump's election, I guess in hindsight, I shouldn't have been. He tapped into the celebrity culture that drives the masses and it paid off. Bigly. For him. But it's HIS voters that will pay the price in the coming years. Which makes it all the more tragically ironic. 

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13 hours ago, FreeMySoul said:

I'm  exhausted and  anxious can't deal with this crazy man anymore can it just fucking end

So many people are feeling this way.  It has got to the point where many people are completely tuning out as can't handle him anymore. His last speech where he went on about Pittsburgh before Paris etc was something you would previously see on a comedy satire show and think it was exaggerated.  Then to see his "supporters"  chanting it outside the White House and adding "Jobs Jobs Jobs"  was sickening. 

Trump has gone way beyond a joke.  He has been worse than what people even expected and they were expecting a train wreck.   It is completely depressing in every way.  

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Jazzy Jan    0

He is a vile disgusting opportunist buffoon who has no respect for anyone.  How embarrassing to have a leader "tweeting" his own agendas like this after such an awful tragedy in another nation.  He is beyond shameful. 

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3 minutes ago, Jazzy Jan said:

He is a vile disgusting opportunist buffoon who has no respect for anyone.  How embarrassing to have a leader "tweeting" his own agendas like this after such an awful tragedy in another nation.  He is beyond shameful. 

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Jan, I know you're not trying to be funny. And there's nothing funny about this piece of shit. But can I just say your posts about him just give me so much life. I love how brutally descriptive you are. 

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7 minutes ago, KalamazooJay said:

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Jan, I know you're not trying to be funny. And there's nothing funny about this piece of shit. But can I just say your posts about him just give me so much life. I love how brutally descriptive you are. 

:lol: He makes me rant and rave ! 

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2 hours ago, Jazzy Jan said:

He is a vile disgusting opportunist buffoon who has no respect for anyone.  How embarrassing to have a leader "tweeting" his own agendas like this after such an awful tragedy in another nation.  He is beyond shameful. 

The UK should cancel his upcoming state visit, but they seem to be the only international nation that are in his pocket, with his vile lapdog Theresa May saying fuck all as usual. So embarrassing.

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Kim    0

I mean, imagine if the UK Prime Minister sent this to the mayor of New York the day after 9/11? Prick.

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50 minutes ago, Kim said:

The UK should cancel his upcoming state visit, but they seem to be the only international nation that are in his pocket, with his vile lapdog Theresa May saying fuck all as usual. So embarrassing.

Birds of a feather flock together with those two.  She should be horrified and furious that he has used this tragedy that happened in London to push his own agenda in the USA. 

 I also see where he is carrying on about there being no firearm attacks and bringing up knives and cars as weapons etc re pushing the pro-gun view.   If the USA want to keep their gun culture, that is their choice.  Other nations are proud of not letting people own high powered weapons.  If these evil cowards had machine guns, more innocent lives would have been lost.  That was incredibly insulting and Theresa the witch should have taken him on about it.   How dare he use this tragedy to push his pro gun rants. 

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XXL    0
8 hours ago, Hector said:

 

 

Poor thing :rotfl:

He's obsessed with his petty, useless travel ban rhetoric/agenda/distraction game. Pity he left the real elephant in the room out of it, dear Saudi Arabia. Which makes the whole idea even more of a joke. But it's obvious why he left Saudi Arabia out

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3 minutes ago, XXL said:

 

Poor thing :rotfl:

He's obsessed with his petty, useless travel ban rhetoric/agenda/distraction game. Pity he left the real elephant in the room out of it, dear Saudi Arabia. Which makes the whole idea even more of a joke. But it's obvious why he left Saudi Arabia out

He's not very bright, but his greed is glaringly obvious. He LOVES $audi Arabia. 

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4 hours ago, Kim said:

I mean, imagine if the UK Prime Minister sent this to the mayor of New York the day after 9/11? Prick.

This is the issue of having an "in the moment" president who has no sense of history, context, precedent, basic social graces, common sense, etc. He literally fires off tweets based on what he reads on Twitter. 13 year olds have Mose self restraint on Twitter than him. He's just a Twit. ūüėú

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Skin    0

So what is going on with this 23? year old woman being arrested because she leaked classified info that Russia tried to hack or did hack our voting machines? 

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On 6/4/2017 at 9:08 AM, FreeMySoul said:

I'm  exhausted and  anxious can't deal with this crazy man anymore can it just fucking end

 

On 6/4/2017 at 10:36 PM, Jazzy Jan said:

So many people are feeling this way.  It has got to the point where many people are completely tuning out as can't handle him anymore. His last speech where he went on about Pittsburgh before Paris etc was something you would previously see on a comedy satire show and think it was exaggerated.  Then to see his "supporters"  chanting it outside the White House and adding "Jobs Jobs Jobs"  was sickening. 

Trump has gone way beyond a joke.  He has been worse than what people even expected and they were expecting a train wreck.   It is completely depressing in every way.  

 

And this is exactly what authoritarians do...exhaust your ability to reason or resist. That's what is so dangerous about it.

 

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VogueMusic    0

His response to the recent London attacks is utterly unconscionable. Downright despicable (on top of everything else).

Mother of god.  Just a VILE excuse for a human being.

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LSD    0

 

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pjcowley    0

Despicable excuse for a human being, his and all of the Trump clan. Yeah all of them who carry that tacky name.

 

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8 hours ago, pjcowley said:

Despicable excuse for a human being, his and all of the Trump clan. Yeah all of them who carry that tacky name.

 

Agree Totally.  Proving it below is his arrogant horrible son.,

2 hours ago, LSD said:

 

So this arrogant obnoxious fool talks about democrats having no morality, being Wack jobs and not being people.  Talks about his father being a great man. If he wants to go into morals, his father is the least moral person to ever be president. Trump hiring his spoilt family members is just another reason to detest him. 

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You'll notice he's sending his stepford sons out there to defend him as national republicans are slowing growing spines and distancing themselves from this train wreak of an administration. 

They're all holding their breaths for Comey's testimony tomorrow. And while I don't think he'll drop an impeachable bombshell, he's absolutely going prove that Trump blantantly lied about multiple interactions between him and Comey. 

Whether it's enough to start the great peel away when it comes to party support, we shall see. 

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pjcowley    0

Karma will get this asshole one day, along with his ugly evil Trumpsters.

 

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