Blackwater founder Erik Prince laid out a new competent vision for Afghanistan in a recent interview with Fox News star Tucker Carlson.
Prince decried the constant U.S. leadership changes over the course of the 15-year conflict, and stated that the Afghanistan campaign needs one solid leader to negotiate with the Afghans and build trust.
“We’re spending as a country $42 billion there this year,” Prince told Carlson. “There’s 8,000 troops. Three quarters of them never actually leave the base…We’ve been through seventeen commanders in fifteen years.”
Prince supports an idea similar to the British occupation of India, which was outsourced to private companies and cost relatively little.
Since the U.S. invasion in 2001, Afghanistan has been plagued by sectarian warfare and recurring Taliban resurgences, and Afghans live under the constant watch of militarized U.S. drones. ISIS has also apparently cropped up in the country, as evidenced by President Trump’s use of a MOAB (Mother of All Bombs) in the nation.
Prince has long been on the cutting edge of Middle Eastern affairs, stating to this reporter in a bombshell expose that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi under Hillary Clinton was buying back weapons from a covert scheme to arm the Syrian rebels. The Syrian rebellion, of course, birthed ISIS.
President Trump Announces Planned Ban on Chinese-Owned TikTok App
The app has serious spying concerns.
President Donald Trump announced that he’s preparing to ban the video app TikTok on national security grounds on Friday, citing the concerns over the Chinese app’s connections to Chinese government security, and the potential use of the nominally innocent app to surveil American citizens.
The President had made the announcement on an Air Force One flight to the press pool, later confirming that the media could report on the policy move on the record.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” said the President bluntly.
TikTok is a viral video app marketed to teenagers and young adults that allows users to create short and edited videos. It’s frequently used for memes, pranks, and simple political content. It’s owned by Chinese company ByteDance, which is obligated to cooperate with Chinese intelligence services under the laws of China.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had previously spoken of security concerns involving the Chinese app. Microsoft had recently offered to purchase the app from its parent company, but the surveillance and security surrounding it appear to have shelved such a possibility for now.
There are genuine surveillance and data-mining concerns with TikTok, but it’s also probably worth considering that banning the app will allow neoliberal tech monopolies such as Facebook and Apple to share up an even larger share of the demand for platforms designed for similar content.
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