The Danger of a Private Army

Trump's Mercenaries

This week, Trump is renewing his push for his own private army. And we should all be afraid about the possibility that he will succeed.

As a country, we invest heavily in defense, giving us the best military this planet has ever seen. More than 2 million men and women serve in active and reserve roles today – highly trained personnel, capable of overcoming any challenge they face. But Trump apparently does not agree. He is again considering Erik Prince’s proposal to privatize the war in Afghanistan – to replace our troops serving there with mercenaries Prince would hire. Prince asks us to ignore the crimes committed by Blackwater under his watch and give him control over an entire country. Prince’s private army would bypass the Pentagon, reporting directly to the President. This President – unrestrained by norms, who has said many times that we should exploit the natural resources of countries we occupy – would have hundreds or thousands of trained soldiers at his beck and call, with little actual oversight. It’s easy to foresee the harm that this President and his private soldiers would cause.

Tom McClintock has never opposed any of this President’s reckless ideas, and we have no reason to believe he would oppose this one. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.

Trump thinking about handing over Afghanistan to mercenaries