US military partly consisting of foreign private military subcontractors undermining democracy

The role of Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) in Western states is discussed by Ann Hagedorn in The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security (Simon & Schuster, 2014):

“By the second decade of the new century, the list of milestones in the privatization of war and national security was long. A congressional report released in May 2011 revealed a record-breaking surge in the use of private military and security contractors from June 2009 to March 2011 in Iraq and Afghanistan. This resulted in the contractors outnumbering traditional troops in a ratio of 10-to-1, outnumbering State Department personnel 18-to-1 and USAID workers 100-to-1. During that same period, casualty totals for private contractors in both nations had surpassed military losses. And as of May 2011 there were eight Americans still missing in action in Iraq, seven of whom were private contractors.”

“By then too, private military and security companies were supplying more than 90 percent of diplomatic security. The Department of Homeland Security was spending at least half its budget on private contractors. The United Nations had raised its PMSC expenditures by nearly 300 percent since 2009. And the expanding role of the private sector in American counterterrorism policies was increasingly evident, especially in the numbers of PMSCs working for the CIA, beginning in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attack on the U.S. and growing annually ever since.” (…)

“Indeed, PMSCs have only added to their portfolios contracts with international humanitarian aid organizations, the U.N., and corporations conducting business in hostile environments. They provide armed security on ships to guard against terrorism at sea, making maritime security one of their fastestgrowing businesses. They are moving into the vast new cosmos of drones. And they are working for nations other than America or Britain, their frequent employers—including the new Iraqi government—thus becoming increasingly independent of the nations that funded their immense boost in Iraq.”

“For any single U.S. contract, there could be as many as five layers of subcontractors. Such a massive web of subcontracting effectively changes the face of U.S. security forces from national to international, as a large percentage of subcontractors doing defense work in the name of America come from Africa, South Asia, and Latin America—often countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Philippines, Colombia, Chile, and Uganda. As one scholar wrote, “In the past non-Americans who wanted to serve in the U.S. armed forces had to live in the U.S. and demonstrate some loyalty to the country. Iraq changed that.” The Washington, D.C.–based Center for Public Integrity noted in 2010 that because of subcontractors “the U.S. government often doesn’t know who it is ultimately paying.” (…)

“Crucial to understanding the American push to privatize defense was what was known as LOGCAP, the U.S. Army’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program. … it was instigated in part to bypass the Abrams Doctrine … The Abrams Doctrine was a way to prevent … a disconnect between the public and the military, as it required all reserve military as well as active troops to be treated as a single integrated force. Because reservists would have to leave their jobs to serve the country, the impact of war would cause disruption and thus penetrate more deeply into the nation’s psyche. The idea was that this would make it harder for politicians to take the nation to war. And it would make the wars more visible. This in turn would force Congress and politicians to debate and deliberate questions of going to war. … LOGCAP was a way to go to war without initiating a public debate.”

“Iraq would be known as “the first contractors’ war.” Even [Paul] Bremer, as head of the legislative, judicial, and executive authority in Iraq, was a civilian contractor. This was another first: a private contractor running the military occupation of a nation. And before the CPA shut down, Bremer would initiate more orders, including one at the very end of his regime: Order 17, which gave all foreign contractors operating in Iraq immunity from the Iraqi legal process, meaning immunity from any kind of suit, civil or criminal, for their actions.”

Paul Bremer (together with Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz) disbanded the Iraqi military, which caused the insurgency that led to American defeat.

The role of PMSCs in Western states is one more factor proving that constitutional democracies have become so hollow that a rebellion against the globalist elites in Washington and in European capitals is now legitimate.

The good news if you happen to belong to these elites is that almost nobody is reading what I just wrote in the last paragraph above. The chance of rebellion is therefore low, at the time of writing. A catalyst is needed to trigger an insurgency in the West. Hyper-inflation for example.

Being pragmatic I’m not categorically against PMSCs. They are at least human, and therefore less dangerous than the global AI cyborg surveillance system created by woke Big Tech. The latter can afford to pay many PMSCs to not fight Big Tech. Old money however (in the carbon-based economy) is perhaps willing to fund private military companies to attack the woke Big Tech elites in Washington, Austin, Seattle and Silicon Valley.

You may wonder why the intelligence community is letting me publish articles like this one here. The most likely answer is that 1) meta-data reveals that I’m not in contact with any rebels, 2) only between 0-10 people are reading my website each day, and 3) the website is probably shadow banned, or it can be quickly taken offline if getting popular in the future. If anybody is learning something from my writings it’s mostly people in the IC, which is ironic. But I’m only in it for the entertainment, so I basically don’t care. If Western entertainment had not been woke I would not have had time to write articles about the so-called “Great Game” of international politics.

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