U.S. Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment conduct a census patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, Jan. 10, 2011. The Marines conduct patrols to suppress enemy activity and gain the trust of the people. The battalion, assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, conducted counterinsurgency operations in partnership with the International Security Assistance Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released)

America’s Addiction to Mercenaries

A decade ago, I found myself in a precarious position. I was in Burundi, sipping a Coke with Domitien Ndayizeye, the country’s then-president, U.S. Ambassador Jim Yellin, and several others. We had an emerging catastrophe on our hands.

  • Brett_McS

    Here is an excellent interview of the founder of Blackwater, Erik Prince, by the inestimable (by his own admission) Milo Yiannopoulos.


  • Hard Little Machine

    It would seem that the most transparent administration ever should be tallying up the TOTAL headcount and breaking it out by troops vs contractors. Or get someone else to do that metric and ask the most transparent administration ever about it. Publicly. I would also publicly ask all the left wing Hollywood types from Meryl Streep on down for a comment as well as people like David Cross who’s entire career is founded on blaming Republicans for everything,

  • Norman_In_New_York

    When I served in Vietnam, I noticed the presence of contractors that performed services, as I was told, that went beyond their names and titles. For example, Pacific Architects and Engineers was engaged in classified skullduggery.

    • Slickfoot

      People running around in brand new utilities, no insignias with a ‘stateside’ tan, often carrying non regulation weapons, going in and out of wired compounds inside of compounds.

  • simus1

    muslim Berber mercenaries hired by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella slaughtered ethnic Spaniards of the muslim persuasion by the hundreds of thousands and made off with their stuff during the reconquest of “Andalusia”.
    Nobody spent much time wringing their hands or pissing and moaning about it.
    Or writing about it.

  • JaedoDrax

    The constitution allows for the hiring of mercenaries, and limits the size of the standing army. I however doubt that the “constitutional scholar” has any idea of what is allowed or restricted.