Former member of the Navy SEAL Team 5 and former Warfare Operator of the United States Naval Special Warfare Group Tej Gill has endorsed Erik Prince’s proposal for Afghanistan, calling H.R. McMaster’s proposal “the same old thing.”
Blackwater founder, and former Navy SEAL, Erik Prince is calling for the US to restructure and scale down the 16-year-long operation in Afghanistan by teaming mercenaries with local partners. Instead of having US military leading the seemingly endless fight, Prince and Stephen A. Feinberg, owner of DynCorp International seek to have experienced professional European soldiers take over. The proposal would cost just 8% of what the McMaster’s plan would cost.
Speaking to Big League Politics over the weekend, Gill endorsed Prince’s proposal.
“Well, the McMaster approach is the same old thing. It’s basically a failed plan that they have been doing since 2001. The first couple years were different, it was all special operations in Afghanistan. There were no conventional forces in there. Once the conventional forces got in, things slowed down — with the conventional forces comes bureaucracy and a giant price tag on everything,” Gill told Big League. “I think Prince’s plan is a good idea. We will see if he gets the chance to do it.”
Gill explained that he worked with a lot indigenous forces while he was in Afghanistan, and that what Prince wants to do is set up mentor teams between local forces and Navy SEALS.
“It sounds like a good idea, and it saves $40 billion a year — it’s worth a shot,” Gill added.
When asked if he thought that the Prince proposal would have a chance to win against McMaster and the war industry’s plan, Gill said that “in light of current events, it sounds like Big Washington and Big Politics is winning out. McMaster is on their side, Prince is the alternative plan.”
“It sounds like McMaster is on the side of the military industrial complex,” Gill stated.
When asked what he thinks the best way to handle Afghanistan would be, if it was up to him, Gill again endorsed Prince’s proposal, saying that special operations and contractors is the best approach. He explained that it already has shown to be the best method.
“It’s already been the most cost effective and most effective approach, period. The first couple years we went in there, before the conventional forces got in there, they crushed the Taliban and crushed al Qaeda and put them on the run,” Gill explained. “When conventional forces got in there, they slowly let the Taliban and al Qaeda come back into the country. They got stronger over the years, and now its to the point where they have taken over the country and the government in Kabul — they control I think it’s like 60/65% of the country right now.”
Gill explained that the reason why contractors have better luck is because they don’t have to go through a hundred layers of red tape and politics when something needs to be done.
“They don’t have to follow the rules of a bureaucracy and red tape — if they want to do something they get it done, they don’t have to go through a hundred layers of a chain of command and ask lawyers on a different continent for permission. It’s the same with special forces, they’re light and streamlined and they can act as they see fit,” Gill explained. “When these guys are in the field they’re empowered to act.”
On the flip side, Gill explained, if someone messes up or breaks the rules, they can immediately be fired. If conventional forces mess up they are likely to stay there because it is basically a federal job.
“I hope Erik Prince gets a fair shot and at least gets to present his plan to Trump and the National Security Council. Like I said, the military industrial complex is going to try to push hard to bury Prince’s plan because they are going to lose billions and billions of dollars if he gets his way. It is going to be a tough fight,” Gill said.
He added that the trillion dollars we have in looming veterans healthcare is just going to keep increasing as these wars go on.
“We can win these wars, very quickly, but they don’t want to because it’s an income generator. Why win it and shut it off when you can just run this war forever and run up the bill on the taxpayer?” Gill asked. “Between Special Ops and the Marine Corp, they could go into any of these countries and basically beat these extremists over night. You can’t beat the ideologies, but the fighters on the ground, we could crush them immediately. Big Military, Big Bureaucracy, and Big Politics won’t let you do that. If you’re too effective you get punished over there.”
In a previous interview with Big League Politics, Prince explained that he thinks his idea will also be better as the US soldiers are routinely rotated out every six to nine months, so we essentially have to start over with each new group. If the operation was taken over by professionals with insight from experience, who are in it for the long run, this would no longer be the case.
Gill agreed with this sentiment, saying that half the conventional troops never even leave the base — which has Baskin Robbins, Burger King, and many of the comforts of home. He explained that contractors are far more streamlined and focused simply on the task at hand.
“So many, particularly the left, hate the idea of contractors. The fact is that there are 25,000 contractors in Afghanistan right now. Under this plan, most of them go away — as would, eventually, all the conventional US soldiers. This is the off ramp for the US in Afghanistan,” Prince told Big League.
Prince added that, “just like a business in bankruptcy — the US must tear down and clean up its efforts. The US must go back and refocus on what is necessary to defend itself from terrorism.”
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President Trump’s Approval Rating Soars as the Public Increasingly Supports His Coronavirus Response
The public supports Trump’s crisis response.
A Gallup poll has shown that President Trump’s approval rating has jumped to 49 percent as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
His approval rating has jumped five points in the past month. This matches his all-time high, which was previously achieved in late January and early February. Ninety-two percent of Republicans support the President, while 43 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats approve of Trump.
Americans also approve of the way President Trump has handled the coronavirus pandemic. Sixty percent of Americans support Trump’s disaster response while 38 percent of Americans disapprove. Ninety-four percent of Republicans support his response, while 60 percent of independents and 27 percent of Democrats support how Trump has handled coronavirus.
“The Trump administration has received some criticism for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic — including that the president downplayed the threat, at least up until his nationally televised address on March 11,” Gallup noted in their report.
“On March 16, Trump acknowledged the seriousness of the situation by urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and to have workers and students stay home if possible. The administration has had daily press conferences since then to update the nation on what the federal government is doing to address the situation,” they added.
It is not uncommon for an incumbent president to gain in popularity during a crisis, as every commander-in-chief in office during a serious threat has gained support from the public as a result.
“Historically, presidential job approval has increased when the nation is under threat. Every president from Franklin Roosevelt through George W. Bush saw their approval rating surge at least 10 points after a significant national event of this kind. Bush’s 35-point increase after 9/11 is the most notable rally effect on record,” Gallup noted.
Although he is peaking right now, President Trump has consistently shown strength in various polls for many months as the public realizes the fake news is lying about his administration:
New polling from Quinnipiac released Thursday shows President Donald Trump handily defeating every major Democratic presidential candidate in hypothetical general election matchups…
Well-known Democrats Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are the most competitive candidates against Trump in the Wisconsin general election, and even they lose by a considerable seven points to the incumbent Republican president.
Even Pete Buttigieg, an Indiana mayor who claims to have a credible path to victory in midwestern states the President grabbed from the Democratic Party in 2016, appears nowhere near seriously competing in the state.
The polling suggests Democrats will have a serious uphill battle in order to contend for the electoral votes of midwestern states such as Wisconsin, in 2020 or other future Presidential elections.
President Trump’s polling in statewide and national surveys has consistently improved as the Democratic Primary erupts in contention, suggesting that the divisions within the Democratic Party may bode well for his re-election.
The state was formerly assumed to be a safe blue state, before Trump won its electoral votes in a shocking upset in 2016. Pennsylvania and Michigan also went Republican for the first time in decades in Trump’s victory, and will prove essential to the election in 2020. Polling of the latter two states shows closer general election contests than in Wisconsin.
President Trump is showing his leadership bona fides during the crisis, and the public is thrilled with the way he is handling the coronavirus pandemic.
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