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Blackwater founder Erik Prince wants to ‘rationalize and restructure’ America’s wars — and has a company to do it

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On Tuesday, the Independent reported that billionaire military contractor Erik Prince is once again trying to sway President Donald Trump’s administration to outsource America’s wars to the private sector.

Conveniently enough, Prince’s most recent incantation of the infamous Blackwater, called Academi, offers just such services.

According to the Independent, Prince is hoping the state department under Mike Pompeo will be more receptive to the idea than when the contractor floated privatization with Rex Tillerson at the helm.

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Prince refers to privatization with a series of euphemisms, including “rationalizing and restructuring” and “a strategic economy of force.”

“The US administration is spending $76bn a year in Afghanistan – that is much more, I think, than Her Majesty’s Government in the UK is spending on its entire defense budget,” he told the Independent.

“What I am proposing will cost a fraction of that. It will also save lives of armed forces personnel: American, British, Afghans and other allies.”

In the past few days, President Donald Trump has been extra harsh on America’s NATO allies, claiming they don’t contribute equitably to America’s military misadventures.

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But military officials have long been opposed to a heavy reliance on private contractors.

“This is something out of Soldier of Fortune [magazine]. Something like this will raise all kinds of practical and logistical problems, as well as huge legal, moral and ethical ones,” a Pentagon official told the Independent.

“The military are not going to back this kind of freewheeling.”

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Alan Dershowitz boots rival lawyer from sex abuse case

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Alan Dershowitz continues to deny accusations that he had sex with an underage woman on Jeffrey Epstein's private island. Flight logs show Dershowitz regularly flew on Epstein's private plane, dubbed the Lolita Express.

Dershowitz' explanation for why the allegations continue to dog him despite his firm denies is that a lawyer for the woman accusing Dershowitz—Virginia Giuffre—is out to get him.

On Wednesday, a judge agreed to take David Boies, the high-profile lawyer, off the case, reports the Daily Beast.

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Here are the six most absurd things Trump just said in his unhinged Wednesday press conference

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President Donald Trump unloaded a whole lot of crazy during a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Trump attacked America's allies in the Middle East, his own political allies on Capitol Hill and repeated talking points used by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.

Here are six of the most absurd things from the press conference.

Trump proved he has no idea what's happening

During the press conference, Trump claimed his decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria was "strategically brilliant."

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Trump’s capitulation cheered on Russian TV: Ambassador McFaul says ‘they are joyous in Moscow’

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America's former ambassador to Russia explained how their state media is celebrating President Donald Trump's capitulation in Ukraine and Syria.

Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed Wednesday by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

"How do you think this should play out, now that they are assembling step-by-step insider accounts with people who are bravely stepping forward, some giving up their careers, Mike McKinley and others having had to quit over this," Mitchell noted. "How do you think this plays out legally or in terms of the politics of impeachment?"

"Well, legally, I’ll defer to others who are more expert. I think what it does underscore is how grossly inept and just broken down the Trump foreign policymaking process is," McFaul replied.

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