Trump Pulls US Military Out of Syria and Afghanistan – Paving the Way For PMSCs – Privatized War – That’s Where The Money Flows
When President Donald Trump announced to cut off funding for NATO, this forced Germany to fulfill its NATO commitment and simultaneously forced Germany to begin recruiting foreign mercenaries to “plug thousands of vacancies” in its military requirements. Germany said it would increase the size of its armed forces, or the Bundeswehr, to 198,000 active soldiers by 2024 from its current 179,000. Germany will now look inside the EU to begin recruiting mercenaries who can speak German preferably to fill these vacancies in the Bundeswehr.
True to his word “the art of the deal”, Donald Trump through his advisers like Eric Prince and Stephen Feinberg, have begun privatizing war. As we will see, this is one reason why President Trump announced the US military’s withdrawal from both Afghanistan and Syria which will turn control over to PMSCs (private military and security contractors). The US military will reestablish itself in Iraq much to the objection of Iraq’s government with 5,000 US military personnel currently in Iraq. To maintain a high level of morale for US military members currently serving in Iraq and being pulled out of Syria and Afghanistan as PMSCs begin taking over, President Trump made his visit to Iraq over Christmas.
Caroline Glick is an American-born Israeli journalist, newspaper editor, and writer. She writes for Makor Rishon and is currently the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. She is also the Senior Fellow for Middle East Affairs of the Washington, DC Center for Security Policy. Even though Glick was born in Chicago, Illinois, she is a dual Israeli-American citizen who served in Israel’s IDF and currently lives in Israel. Caroline Glick also writes for Breitbart News which is where Steve Bannon was at one time. Glick also works with the think tank the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
In a Breitbart radio broadcast, Glick said that the US military being in Syria was “actually a detriment to Israel”, and that the US military presence in Syria were there as “shields or as proxies for Iran.” Glick’s contention is that the US military being in Syria was keeping Israel from putting up “serious opposition to Hezbollah”. It is looking like President Trump’s decision to pull the US military out of Syria was on the direction of Israel. Jake Turx’s actual name is Abraham Jacob Terkeltaub who was born in Brooklyn and who studied at a Yeshiva. He is the first Hasidic Jew to become a member of the White House press core. Terkeltaub was referenced in Glick’s recent article at Breitbart.
Breitbart News has been at the center of the controversial political movement of the national security context behind Trump identified as the “death star” of the Trump administration. Breitbart News has been the “press and social media matrix” for the nexus of Trump’s 2016 campaign. Breitbart is sort of like “born in America and conceived in Israel” news reporting. Breitbart has been sited more than any other media source for issues on this Trump matrix leading up to the 2016 campaign of the Trump presidency. This explains why Caroline Glick writes for Breitbart News.
In a report that has yet to be corroborated, Jake Turx, senior White House correspondent for Ami magazine, which serves the Orthodox Jewish community in the U.S., reported along these lines Tuesday that far from opposing the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, Israel requested it.
According to Turx, Israel asked for U.S. forces to withdraw from Syria ahead of an Israeli winter offensive against Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria. Recent events, including Israel’s nearly operation to seal Hezbollah’s underground attack tunnels traversing the Lebanese border with Israel, indicate that Israel may be conducting shaping missions ahead of a larger-scale operation in Lebanon and Syria against Iran and Hezbollah.
Even Israel’s military the IDF are now coming under close scrutiny as war moves to privatization. We’ve already seen how Israel leads the world in ex-military members coming out of the Israeli military and its associated high tech branches moving into the private sector starting high tech companies of their own. As we move into a world where an arms race is heating up based on autonomous weapon systems with A.I. and the ability to “hack human beings”, standing armies will become archaic. Once autonomous robots are unleashed standing armies will become outdated. Get ready for the coming new “cold war”: robotics.
In yesterday’s post, the beginning started off with material on General James Mattis related to his being fired (or maybe his resignation). We think the reason for General Mattis either being fired or resigning from the Department of Defense, is because of his rejection of Eric Prince’s idea of privatizing war in Afghanistan as advocated by Stephen Feinberg of Cerberus Capital Management and Eric Prince. General Mattis called the idea of privatizing war in Afghanistan as being “bullshit” on Eric Prince’s idea of handing war in Afghanistan over to mercenaries. General Mattis was having enormous problems with mercenaries in Iraq and was one of the reasons why the US Marines were called into Fellujah.
Stephen Feinberg’s company Dyncorp employed mercenaries in Fellujah, Iraq. Stephen Feinberg has connections to Israel and is one of the reasons why Feinberg remains secretive in everything that he does. In fact, Feinberg is quoted as saying: “If anyone at Cerberus has his picture in the paper and a picture of his apartment, we will do more than fire that person. We will kill him. The jail sentence will be worth it.” Did Dyncorp because of its close connections to Israel have mercenaries in Fellujah who were alleged to have killed US military personnel to enrage the US marines? If that is the case, this might explain why General Mattis loathes PMSCs.
Meet Stephen Feinberg, The Billionaire Reportedly Slated To Review US Intelligence Agencies
February 4, 2017 • Noah Kirsch • Forbes Staff
2/16/17: This post has been updated to reflect the nature of Feinberg’s assignment, per media reports.
Stephen Feinberg, a private equity magnate from New York City, may soon be the latest billionaire to join team Trump.
In a memorandum distributed to investors in Feinberg’s Cerberus Capital Management on Thursday, February 2, and later obtained by FORBES, the firm’s executives announced that Feinberg has been holding talks to join the Trump administration.
“Cerberus confirms that co-founder and CEO Stephen Feinberg has been engaged in conversation with President Trump’s administration about the potential to join the administration in a senior role,” a spokesperson for Cerberus told FORBES on Friday. The firm declined to offer further comment.
On Wednesday, February 15, The New York Times reported that Feinberg will likely be assigned to conduct a “broad review” of US intelligence agencies, though no official announcement has been made. The move comes amid major tension between Trump and members of the intelligence community, particularly over a stream of leaks related to his campaign’s reputed connections to Russia.
Feinberg co-founded Cerberus, named for the mythical three-headed dog that guarded the entrance to Hades, in 1992 and has served as chief executive since its inception. He has steered the firm to mostly impressive results over the past two decades, showing a particular knack for investing in distressed assets. Cerberus now boasts more than $30 billion in assets under management, and Feinberg has amassed a personal fortune of more than $1.2 billion, according to FORBES’ real-time rankings of the world’s billionaires.
Please go to Forbes to read the entire article.
Ominous Blackwater ‘is coming’ advert raises prospect Trump has privatised war
The day Donald Trump decreed he would pull US troops out of Syria and Afghanistan, controversial US mercenary group made a scary threat.
The day President Trump decreed the US would abandon Syria and Afghanistan, controversial US mercenary group Blackwater declared — “WE ARE COMING’. Does this mean war has just been privatised?
The highly controversial move sent shockwaves through the Middle East, NATO and many US allies. It also prompted US Defence Secretary James Mattis to quit.
But as the turmoil unfolded, a blast echoed out from the past.
Blackwater, the mercenary organisation disgraced for its trigger-happy behaviour during the occupation of Iraq, took out a curiously timed full-page advert in the gun-and-hunting magazine Recoil.
It was stark. Black. There was the company’s distinctive bear’s-paw logo. And three words: WE ARE COMING.
It has ominous implications.
Many military analysts and international affairs think-tanks argue such mercenary groups are thinly-veiled fronts for state-backed intervention. But the corporate nature of the combattans gives them ‘plausible deniability’ to avoid international outcry.
It’s being called the ‘Grey Zone’, because of its legally dubious nature.
Please go to newscom.au to read the entire article.
This is an extensive write-up prepared by David Isenberg and well worth spending the time reading to fully comprehend how war is being gradually privatized through the Trump administration. Stephen A. Feinberg is an American Jewish billionaire financier, who is involved in private equity investments through his firm Cerberus Capital Management as co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO).
As of April 2016, his net worth was estimated at US$1.25 billion. On May 11, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump named Feinberg to head Trump’s Intelligence Advisory Board. The Intelligence Advisory Board “provides advice to President Trump concerning the quality and adequacy of intelligence collection, of analysis and estimates, of counterintelligence, and of other intelligence activities.”
Stephen Feinberg was brought in to the Trump administration as head of Trump’s IAB and who is already on Trump’s Economic Advisory Council, was given the task of vetting/reviewing intelligence agencies. Reviewing intelligence agencies for what reason? Allegiance to Israel? Which intelligence agencies would reject the privatization of war? When this was announced intelligence officials in Washington fiercely objected to Feinberg’s being appointed to his current position. Jared Kushner and Stephen Feinberg according to The New York Times have a very close relationship. Both Jared Kushner and Stephen Feinberg are American Jews who have prioritized their allegiance to Israel over America.
Source: Lobe Log
Why Feinberg and Prince Are Offensive
July 20, 2017 • David Isenberg
According to a July 10 New York Times article, Steve Bannon has relied on advice from Erik Prince, co-founder of storied private security firm Blackwater, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a private equity billionaire financier who owns the giant military contractor DynCorp International through his investment company Cerberus Capital Management. That the Trump administration would turn to Feinberg is not that surprising. Although Feinberg himself has no direct national security or warzone contracting experience, DynCorp has been a major private contractor player in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Like the old E.F. Hutton commercial, when DynCorp talks, the governments listen.
And back in January he was being considered for a role in the Trump administration. He was also on a short list to lead a broad review of American intelligence agencies. Although neither of these appointments happened, they testify to his influence.
In fact, Feinberg is an éminence grise of the contracting world. As Tim Shorrock reported in The Nation:
Feinberg has acquired dozens of companies engaged in military and intelligence operations. As Bloomberg News reported in a detailed profile last February, “Feinberg has bought companies that refuel spy planes, train Green Berets, make sniper rifles and watch America’s foes from space. He’s handed out jobs, lobbying contracts and campaign cash to some of the most powerful people in the nation’s capital.”
Feinberg seems to have been planning for something like this for a long time. Last year it was reported that his company invested another $30 million in DynCorp International to help it expand its international presence. That money was to build up a new Global Advisory Group, which would work to pair the company’s international business executives with a group of “distinguished former government and military officials who leverage deep regional and subject-matter expertise and relationships abroad.” The move was intended “to gain access to customers that don’t know us as well, as well as supporting longstanding opportunities.”
Similarly, it’s also not surprising that the Trump administration would turn to Erik Prince, given his past support for Trump and his ties to the administration through his sister, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
The Times article did not lay our precisely what Prince and Feinberg are advocating, other than to state that “President Trump’s advisers recruited two businessmen who profited from military contracting to devise alternatives to the Pentagon’s plan to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan, reflecting the Trump administration’s struggle to define its strategy for dealing with a war now 16 years old.”
But if they don’t want to send more U.S. troops (the public sector) to Afghanistan then the alternative is relying on contractors (the private sector).
If one goes by Prince’s past commentary on Afghanistan, he seems to be advocating using private contractors for an explicitly counterterrorist mission with a light footprint, as opposed to the ongoing nation-building mission in which U.S. forces are engaged. In effect, contrary to Colin Powell’s famous Pottery Barn rule, Prince is happy to just keep breaking things.
If this is the case what they are advocating is both farcical and revolutionary.
Please go to Lobe Log to read the entire article.
If Cerberus’ website is looked at its ownership of Freedom Group is not available. The Freedom Group is a firearms holding company that controls such brands as Remington, Advanced Armament, H&R Firearms, DPMS Panther Arms, Marlin and Bushmaster, maker of the AR-15 used by the Beltway snipers in 2002, the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School alleged fake massacre in Newtown, Connecticut and the suspicious shooting massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in October, 2018.
What has been the American public’s reaction to these mass shootings in America many of these shootings now well established as being faked events? It drives up purchases of Remington, Marlin and Bushmaster gun sales. In fact, the gun business in America is worth $28 billion a year with Americans buying a record number of guns in recent years. Although Cerberus said it planned on selling its interest in Freedom Group after Sandy Hook, as of February, 2018 Cerberus still owns Freedom Group. There are probably connections which would have to be dug out linking Freedom Group to weapons the mercenary industry buys every year.
Stephen Feinberg and Eric Prince are very close, and through Cerberus’ ownership of Dyncorp and Eric Prince’s ownership of Academi (formerly Blackwater), both Dyncorp and Academi already have mercenaries crawling all over Afghanistan and Yemen. Under a $3 billion contract between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Feinberg’s DynCorp, mercenaries from Dyncorp in 2016 were deployed to Yemen to replace Prince’s Academi mercenaries. What did Feinberg and Prince do, negotiate a deal between them for the mercenary work their respective PMSCs were hired out for by Saudi Arabia? UAE forces are fighting against the Yemeni army and Popular Committees on Saudi Arabia’s orders.
Source: The American Conservative
Exclusive: Bannon & Kushner Want to Outsource Afghanistan to Mercenaries
Dyncorp, ex-Blackwater CEOs lobby hard, stand to profit.
July 18, 2017 • by Mark Perry
On July 10, the New York Times revealed that the Trump White House had recruited Erik Prince, the founder of the notorious private security firm Blackwater, and wealthy Trump backer Steve Feinberg, the owner of the high-profile military contractor DynCorp International, to “devise alternatives to the Pentagon’s plan to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan.” The story suggested that the president and his top advisers were dissatisfied with the military’s thinking on the conflict, the subject of an intense series of a consultations between senior military officers and Trump’s national security team over the last several months.
While the recruitment of Prince and Feinberg, who are close friends, was intended to provide new options for winning the 16-year war, the administration has been hesitant to describe their role. Both men are controversial for their advocacy of the U.S. government contracting out the Afghan conflict to a private company that would build Afghan state capacity, provide logistical support to the Afghan army, and battle the Taliban. At the very least, the new arrangement would mean a lighter footprint for the U.S. military (or perhaps none at all); at the most it would mean that corporate America, and not the U.S. government, would be responsible for running an overseas war—a kind of “War Inc.” “Dyncorp has its hands all over Afghanistan anyway, and I mean they’re just everywhere,” a high-level former intelligence officer who is privy to the administration’s thinking told me, “so [senior White House adviser Steve] Bannon and crew figure, ‘What the hell, let’s just turn the whole country over to them.'”
But the proposal has shocked the handful of senior Pentagon and CIA officials familiar with it, who point out the difficulty the United States has had in controlling private armies—and those who run them. This was particularly true of Blackwater, whose contractors gave the U.S. military fits in Iraq’s Anbar Province in the aftermath of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where both national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James Mattis served in key command positions. Senior military officers blame Blackwater for destabilizing Fallujah in 2004 (forcing Mattis to send his Marines into the city in “Operation Vigilant Resolve”) and for the deaths of 20 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad (the “Nisour Square Massacre”) in 2007.
Please go to The American Conservative to read the entire article.
There is a far bigger reason for looking carefully at Stephen Feinberg and his company Dyncorp and that is its connections to Israel. In May 2004, Stephen Feinberg’s private investment group Cerberus Capital Management, became majority owner of IAP Worldwide Services, Inc., one of the Army’s largest contractors in Iraq. In 2014, it was announced IAP Worldwide Services, Inc. took on too much debt and was claimed by creditors.
Back in 2005, Stephen Feinberg’s firm Cerberus submitted the winning bid for Bank Leumi. Feinberg probably sent his underling, the previous vice-president under George Bush, Dan Quayle to sign the deal. The transaction involving Bank Leumi was the largest financial transaction ever undertaken in Israel. At the time, Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert was involved in the sale of Bank Leumi, the second largest bank in Israel outside of Israel’s Central Bank. The financial transaction was under close scrutiny by the Central Bank of Israel. Bank Leumi wanted to move into international markets and needed a bank in the US to conduct its business. In 2007, Germany’s Deutsche Bank bought Cerberus shares in Bank Leumi.
Cerberus and Gabriel jointly bought a 9.99% stake in Leumi in 2005, paying $500 million. At the time the government was trying to sell off its controlling interest in the bank, but ultimately failed to create a controlling group. At a later stage, in 2007, the Bank of Israel refused to give the Cerberus-Gabriel group more time to obtain all the regulatory approvals they would have needed in order to own a controlling interest in a Israeli bank. That included permission from the Bank of Israel itself. But the main snag was that under American law, a hedge fund cannot own a bank, and Bank Leumi owns a subsidiary in New York.
On March 12, 2009 Bernard Madoff‘s plead of guilty on 11 charges for securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, false statements, perjury, false filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and theft from an employee benefit plan. Bernard Madoff’s financial criminality and subsequent indictment may have merely been cover to protect his Israeli co-conspirators, especially those Israelis in high positions at two private Israeli banks, Israel Discount Bank of New York (now controlled by the Bronfman family), and Jacob Ezra Merkin, co-owner of Bank Leumi.
Merkin and Madoff served together on the board of Yeshiva University, where Merkin was chair of the investment committee and Madoff was treasurer and chair of the Sy Syms School of Business. Merkin invested Yeshiva University money into Madoff’s operation. Both quit when the scandal broke. YU has tried to erase their names from its website.
Merkin’s cousin Michal is married to Uri Lupoliansky, the former deputy mayor of Jerusalem under Ehud Olmert. Lupoliansky became mayor after Olmert in 2003. Merkin’s family is connected to the highest levels of the Israeli government through his mother, Ursula, who immigrated to Palestine in 1933 with her father Isaac Breuer. His father, Gerson Isaak Hermann Merkin, was a fur-trading German Jew who lived in London and New York during the 1930’s, years before Hitler invaded Poland, and who became a U.S. intelligence/counter-intelligence agent in 1940 — 4 years before even becoming a U.S. citizen. (His biographies all say that he fled from the Nazis, of course.) Hermann made a fortune with the Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) headed by the Israeli Raphael Recanati, and was a director of the Israel Discount Bank in New York.
Merkin’s $500 million check seen above was for the controlling shares in Bank Leumi. The check is made out to the State of Israel and is being paid by Barnea Investments B.V. (“Barnea”). Barnea, the “preferred bidder” was incorporated in the Netherlands, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnea S.A.R.L., which was incorporated in Luxembourg, and which is held jointly and indirectly by Stephen Feinberg (chairman of Cerberus, the owner of Chrysler) and Ezra Merkin (chairman of the now bailed-out GMAC), through the Cerberus and Gabriel private investment fund groups controlled by Feinberg and Merkin respectively. I suspect that Stephen Feinberg is another Mossad-run criminal operator.
Having given $500 million to Ehud Olmert and Ariel Sharon who were working on this deal, imagine how easily Feinberg would have access to Israeli intelligence agents possibly placed into key positions in his company Dyncorp providing services for the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. Especially since the assertion was made above that “Feinberg is another Mossad-run criminal operator.”
It also turns out that Feinberg is a major Republican donor and in 2016, Feiberg served on the Trump Economic Advisory Council during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He also donated nearly $1.5 million to pro-Trump PACs, and co-hosted a $50,000 per person Republican National Committee and Trump fundraising dinner alongside other financiers. Is it any wonder why Stephen Feinberg is Trump’s head of the Intelligence Advisory Board?
This also indicates Feinberg’s Cerberus’ ownership of Dyncorp will financially benefit from the coming privatization of war as PMSCs are contracted with for mercenary work in Syria and Afghanistan. If you want to work with President Donald Trump to “help lead America and make it great again”, it is advised you bring money – lots of it. But more importantly, what and who do these private interests ultimately represent?
It looks as though we’re back to the discussion on opium and heroin production coming out of Afghanistan. As Afghanistan is turned over to private mercenary companies, what will be the ramifications of the drug trade coming out of Afghanistan?