Joe Biden can whine all he wants while trying to blame Donald Trump for the quick collapse of Afghanistan and the ensuing exodus of all U.S. Government and contract employees, but Biden is wearing this turd. And it stinks to high heaven.
I think you are going to see a lot of anger directed at Biden and his team from the Deep State and the army of public and private companies that have been feeding at Uncle Sam’s porky pig trough. The total collapse of U.S. policy in Afghanistan means the multi-billion dollar contractor feeding frenzy is over. And I am not talking only about companies engaged in military support/security services. Other likely candidates for the budgetary chopping block as the flood of U.S. assistance shrivels to a trickle (if that) are so-called humanitarian organizations working with women and orphans in Afghanistan. I would not be surprised to learn that the U.S. Government was funding programs to support homosexual and transgender rights in Afghanistan. Yeah, I’m sure the Taliban will be keen on keeping that boondoggle going.
There was a working assumption among the Washington Deep Staters that despite the drawdown in U.S. military personnel, the need for military and intelligence contractors would continue. Take a look at this piece from last May by New York Magazine:
- Triple Canopy is hiring armed guards at Bagram to provide security for remaining U.S. personnel at four sites across the country.
- Raytheon Technologies is posting for logistics and intelligence analyst positions in Bagram.
- CACI and BAE Systems both posted jobs for signals intelligence specialists for an estimated term of 12 months.
- SOSi posted openings for intelligence analysts for yearlong deployments, where “the work environment could require 100 percent of time spent outdoors.”
- PAE, Inc., who scored nearly a billion dollars’ worth of contracts with the Pentagon over four years, is hiring for a contract for the State Department.
- Fluor Corporation is hiring for technicians, working for both the U.S. and the private sector.
- Louis Berger, who built and maintains the country’s largest power plant, inside Bagram, is posting more than 20 new positions at the base.
I suspect the earnings expectations for most, if not all, of these companies is swirling down the toilet or burning in the document destruction barrel as our “official” American residents scamper to the Kabul International Airport to await the “save-my-ass-from-the-Taliban” flight.
Trump’s plans to close down the contractor welfare program in Afghanistan is one of the reasons so many in the national security and defense sectors were rooting for Biden. They truly expected that the Biden team would reverse Trump’s decision to draw down the military effort. Big mistake. Slow Joe Biden apparently fell into a deep slumber this week and no one in his posse felt the need to wake him up and put together some sort of action plan.
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