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Blackwater’s Dark Prince Returns (and wants to privatize and shrink the conflict in Afghanistan)

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Forbes, 4 April 2018

[Eric] Prince’s eyes dart around as if he’s on guard while he shares the early framework of his Afghanistan proposal. It revolves around a private force of 6,000 contractors, supplemented by 2,000 U.S. special operations troops and support personnel, who would embed with local Afghan units. Air power would be led by Afghan pilots, paired with contractors. All would be overseen by a “viceroy” who ultimately reports to the president.

Prince thinks his plan, which includes an overall drawdown, could save more than $40 billion a year. (…)

The recent White House shakeup has buoyed the prospects for his Afghanistan plan (…) McMaster’s departure removes one obstacle (…).