We NEED to have troops on the ground in order to truly have ANY hope whatsoever of “degrading and destroying” ISIS. That is simply a fact. And every single general who has said anything publicly has acknowledged that fact.
But do we commit our uniformed servicemen to another 20-years war?
There is only one alternative: and that is the alternative that O’Reilly suggests: Mercenaries. Or call them “contract soldiers.”
For the record, we’ve been using contract personnel to bolster our military for years. Just not generally on the front lines. They’re called “PMCs” for “Private Military Companies.” Contracted personnel drive our trucks; they operate many of our complex weapons systems (as employees of the contractors who built them); two of the four men killed during the Benghazi terrorist attack were contract personnel.
There is no question: many of these “mercenaries” would be former American military personnel. They are already trained. They know exactly what they’re getting into. We’d be able to get former soldiers from other countries, but a lot of men who would sign up to fight would be former American servicemen.
There’s a huge difference between sending in contract soldiers who already know what they’re doing and what they’d be getting into versus sending in “fresh meat” who just graduated from high school and are looking primarily for a means to pay for college.
Another difference is that “contract soldiers” would be FAR better paid than our military. Why? The reason is these guys would be going to war guaranteed. In the very worst region on earth. Which is why our uniformed American military wouldn’t have to go there.
Yet another difference would be WHO would pay them: rather than American taxpayers, it would be Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia. If you want these guys to come fight for you, you better pay right out of your whazoo to have them come. And provide them with the very best health benefits that money can buy, also.
Recent history has examples of highly successful mercenary outcomes.
In the late 1980s and early-mid 1990s, there was a mercenary unit that was called “Executive Outcomes” that contracted to provide military services to different countries in Africa that had huge terrorist elements. Many of the men from Executive Outcomes had served in the Rhodesian and South African special forces. These guys – outnumbered hundreds to one – went in to countries like Angola and Sierra Leone and used their superior military skills to just kick ass. They routed their opposition every single time they engaged them.
In the course of their contract duties, they stopped massacres of the civilian population. They would have been able to do the same thing in Rwanda, except Bill Clinton and the United Nations got scared that a small private military force could literally take over a country. And tragically, Bill Clinton and the United Nations literally preferred one million dead Tutsis to private, non-governmental military operations like Executive Outcomes being allowed to do their jobs.
The United Nations was USELESS in stopping the genocide. They have ALWAYS been useless. We need trained military professionals who are able to kill the bad guys, not a bunch of liberal socialist fairy-dust-unicorn do-nothings.
We’re facing a situation now in Syria where we desperately need somebody to go in and do what no nation and no national military is willing or able to do. We need warriors who are willing and able to go into roach nests and wipe out all the roaches. And we needed it three years ago.
We’ve got a lot of retired generals and we’ve got a lot of former soldiers who would take this duty on in Syria because they believe it has to be done and they know that they are the best in the world to do it. And yeah, they could use the money.
We’d need to give such contract soldiers support, such as access to intelligence, to air and artillery support, to command and control networks. That type of cooperation and coordination would present some obstacles, but nothing that could not be overcome if a few leaders had the resolve to DO something. And then we could let soldiers for hire do the fighting on the front lines so our uniformed kids wouldn’t have to.
Had Barack Obama not screwed up the universe by abandoning Iraq when ALL of his generals and even ALL of his handpicked advisors told him not to do it; and had Obama not refused to arm the rebellion in Syria in the early stages when there actually WERE moderate rebels who wanted a democratic society, we wouldn’t have needed to rely on “mercenaries.” But Obama so foolishly and so completely turned his back on the region and so let things skyrocket out of control that we are now no longer able to deal with the massive terrorist army that has metastasized except by the use of mercenaries. The American people do not want their military back in there; and no other nation is strong enough or frankly noble enough to send troops into the hellhole sewer that the Middle East has become.
But somebody has to go fight that war or else that war is going to come to our shores in the form of one after another massive attacks that will ultimately make the 9/11/2001 attack look like child’s play.
I’ll have a little more to add to this later (the Executive Outcome stuff is fascinating), but I just wanted to throw this out there.