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WTF Are We Still Doing in Afghanistan?

October 6, 2018 in Blogs

By Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

Spending $45 billion a year, and Erik Prince wants every dime

Did you read what happened earlier this week in Afghanistan? A suicide bomber set himself off in Nangarhar Province, east of Jalalabad on Tuesday and killed 14 people at an election rally. At least 43 were injured in the attack, according to the New York Times.

Last month, a suicide bomber attacked a peaceful protest in Nangarhar Province, killing 68 and wounding 165 others.

The next day, another suicide bomber attacked a wrestling gym in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, killing 30, including journalists and aid workers, and injuring 91 more.

In June, a suicide bomber killed 13 people and injured 25 more outside one of the government ministries in Kabul. This happened a week after another suicide attack in Kabul, which killed 14 Muslim clerics who had gathered to issue a fatwa against suicide bombings, according to The Independent.

Not to worry. It’s Erik Prince, former Blackwater chief and brother of Betsy Devos, to the rescue!

Yes, according to the New York Times, Prince, the king of private contractors during the Iraq war, has returned to the battlefield to save our 17 year war in Afghanistan for us!

How is he going to do this? Well, for starters, he’s got his eyeballs firmly fixed on the tax dollars we’re currently spending in Afghanistan.

According to the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight,  we are spending at least $45 billion a year in Afghanistan. About one billion of that amount is spent for “economic aid” to Afghanistan, and $5 billion is being spent on “Afghan forces,” according to the report. That leaves $13 billion we’re currently spending on U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, and $26 billion on “logistical support.” It’s that $39 billion Erik Prince has his eyes on.

Just between you and me, that’s a shitload of money.

What he wants to do is draw down our military forces until all we’ve got over there are 2,500 special operations troops for “counterterrorism missions” according to the Times. Prince would replace the …read more


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