This is really weird, and I’ve been staring at it all morning trying to understand this. According to the NYTimes, isolationist heart-throb Steve Bannon is promoting some sort of private army to invade Afghanistan:
President Trump’s advisers recruited two businessmen who profited from military contracting to devise alternatives to the Pentagon’s plan to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan, reflecting the Trump administration’s struggle to define its strategy for dealing with a war now 16 years old. Erik D. Prince, a founder of the private security firm Blackwater Worldwide, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a billionaire financier who owns the giant military contractor DynCorp International, have developed proposals to rely on contractors instead of American troops in Afghanistan at the behest of Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, and Jared Kushner, his senior adviser and son-in-law, according to people briefed on the conversations.
OK, so aside from Bannon and Trumps hatred of swarthy Mooselimbs, why would the people who are at the top of the isolationist food chain want to do this? You would think that they would be demanding an end of the US presence in the Middle East and would use a private army to lock up the US borders tighter than the proverbial camel’s ass in a sandstorm, so to speak. (See what I did there?)
The only thing I can think of is that there are millions of Ameros to be grifted, but I don’t see the obvious small hand of the Russian Usurper looting the Treasury in this plan.
Of course, if one were to raise a private sector army, they would need soldiers and this could be a job program for the preznint’s unemployed, coal-fueled, opioid’ed base in Possum Hollar. There’s that.
What am I missing here, grifting vs. nation building vs. hiring the rubes? In the comments, please.