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National Security Adviser Bolton May be Open to Privatizing Afghan War

National Security Adviser Bolton May be Open to Privatizing Afghan War

National security adviser John Bolton listens during a meeting with President Donald Trump, not pictured, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., August 16, 2018. Their concerns include the impact to security and the overall ethics of the plan.

"Shame on MSNBC for giving Erik Prince a megaphone", Stephen Miles, director of Win Without War, wrote on Twitter following Prince's interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

"I don't rule out that we'd have a change in some of the things we're doing there, but the president's view is that he'll support the government of Afghanistan in its efforts to see if the Taliban are finally ready to talk seriously", Bolton said. "He gave the Pentagon what they wanted.And they haven't delivered".

A year after Trump announced a policy increasing the number of USA troops in Afghanistan, the president has become restless with the slow pace that the current strategy in the war-beleaguered nation has taken, according to some current and former officials speaking with NBC News. According to a senior administration official, this video caught the attention of Trump.

"The fact that Reality Winner is going to be sent to prison for 5 years and Erik Prince is still walking free and poised to send his murderous mercenaries into Afghanistan pretty much sums up where we come to as a country".

A spokesperson for the National Security Council pushed back at the report, telling NBC News that the president is committed to the strategy he signed off on previous year and that "no such proposal from Erik Prince is under consideration". "However, he also recognizes that withdrawing precipitously from Afghanistan would lead to the re-emergence of terrorist safe havens, putting American national security and lives in danger". Prince also announced his plans to launch an aggressive media "air campaign" over the next few days in an attempt to give Trump a final push toward his plan.

The U.S. has been at war in Afghanistan for 17 years. However, Jarrett Blanc, who is a former Obama-era special representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan at the State Department, said the new strategy is simply "a dressed-up version of the status quo". Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai stood steadfastly against the plan when it was discussed before, and a former official within the Trump administration suggested it would make the war last longer, not shorter. "Afghan government working for a USA government official funded by the United States at a fraction of the cost we're spending now". He went on to claim there's "not a chance" the plan will be put into action.