According to NBC news, Trump has shown a new interest in an old plan: he’s stumbled upon a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince that would effectively privatize the entire war in Afghanistan.
The plan calls for all US troops to be called home and replaced by private military contractors who would work under a liaison that is controlled directly by the president.
The Hill reports:
Trump’s “advisers are worried his impatience with the Afghanistan conflict will cause him to seriously consider proposals like Prince’s or abruptly order a complete U.S. withdrawal,” according to the report.
In an interview with NBC News, Prince said he thinks Trump’s advisers are painting “as rosy a picture as they can” in the war effort while claiming that peace is near.
Prince also told NBC News that he will soon launch a media campaign to bring the White House around to his proposal.
A spokesperson for the National Security Council pushed back at the report, telling NBC News that the president is committed to the strategy he signed off on last year and that “no such proposal from Erik Prince is under consideration.”
Chances are that Trump won’t be able to make this happen, but he sure may try.