Post by islander Post by rumpelstiltskin Post by islander Post by rumpelstiltskin Post by islander Post by arthur wouk
Founder of a disgraced mercenary outfit that committed war crimes
in Iraq, Erik Prince is way too close to Trump
The Prince family seems to be yet another wealthy den of snakes that is
attempting to use their wealth to advocate for causes that are on the
far political right. The latest news indicates that Eric is up to his
armpits in the Trump dealings with Russia. Hard to imagine how anything
good can come out of that. Few people realize that his sister is Betsy
DeVos, the new Secretary of Education.
How did dealing with Russia in any way other than antagonistic
become part of the political "right"? I need a programme sheet,
you can't keep track of the action without a programme sheet.
You probably won't hear anything about the Prince family on RT. They
were heavy donors to the Trump campaign, we don't know how heavy since
that information is not made available to the public. Recall that Erik
was the wealthy founder of Blackwater, that secret mercenary group that
the Bush administration gave free rein to do pretty much whatever they
pleased in Iraq. Remember when the citizens of Fallugah had a
belly-full of the private contractors and ambushed four of them, burned
them, and hung them from a bridge in 2004? That was Erik Prince's guys.
What is he doing now? He has been under investigation by the DoJ and
other federal agencies for money laundering and attempts to broker
mercenary services to foreign governments. Included in this is money
laundering for the Libyan government through a Chinese investment bank
and an attempt to build a secret back channel of communication between
the Trump organization and Russia.
That sounds old-school "conservative".
I don't know what you mean by "old-school."
Thievery and giving everything to the already wealthy.
Post by islander
There is certainly an
overtone of right wing religious belief. They have supported Mike Pence
for years. They also supported the GW Bush administration. The father,
Edgar Prince, helped found the Family Research Council which came out of
the Reagan "family values" of the '80s. It is a powerful and well
funded non-profit, with a mission supporting Evangelical Christian
interests including state-sponsored prayer in schools, school vouchers
allowing use of state funds to support religious schools,
abstinence-only sex education, and opposition to gay rights.
Oh right, religion too. Arthur Wouk often notes that
Napoleon said, approximately, religion is very useful for
keeping the people quiet about what their rulers do.
Let 'em burn a few witches for entertainment, and that will
make 'em happy. As Juvenal noted, all that the people want
is bread and circuses.
I've attributed "bread and circuses" to Cicero in the
past, and I've seen it here attributed to Seneca, but
according to Wiki, it originally comes from Juvenal: