Podcast — neo-colonialism in place of sound strategy
As the U.S. war in Afghanistan approaches its 17th year, the Trump administration lacks a clear strategy for winning — or at least ending — the conflict. Rushing to fill the vacuum, private military contractor and entrepreneur Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, has been traveling the United States pitching his own plan.
Prince’s plan is, in short, neo-colonialism. He wants a viceroy to take over the country, drive out the Taliban and exploit the country’s natural resources. He’s likened it to the Marshall Plan or the Dutch East India company’s exploitation of India.
This week on War College, author Robert Young Pelton and retired Green Beret Derek Gannon walk us through Prince’s scheme, and explain why it’s bad for Afghanistan … and for America.