Seven PMCs Are Going Home

I don’t claim to be an expert on, well, anything, but particularly Private Military Companies (PMCs).

However, this piece from the Associated Press made me think very good thoughts. Firstly, they have a patchy reputation. Think Blackwater, the PMC that just won’t go away. There are apparently links between Raymond Davis and Blackwater/Xe. PMCs also have a reputation for being trigger happy.

But secondly, and more importantly, this is a great day for wider Afghan development. The article makes reference to Hamid Karzai’s desire to take control of the situation. Karzai “charges that they slow down the development of Afghanistan’s own security forces,” which is probably quite true.

Think about it this way: You are trying to learn a new skill and every time you get to an impasse, someone is there saying “that part’s a bit tricky, let me take care of that for you, I’ll give it back when it’s done.”

And also, it’s allowing the Afghan government to further “our commitment to transparency and the rule of law.”

As a first civilian step in demobilizing foreign forces in Afghanistan, I can only see this as a good thing. It will force the Afghan police to step up and take responsibility, knowing, I think, that if bad things start happening, there’ll be a foreigner there, with his foot up someone’s backside, telling him to get it together.

What are your thoughts?

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3 comments on “Seven PMCs Are Going Home

  1. SRH says:

    T. X. Hammes has written an interesting article about Private Contractors, drawing from experience of Afghanistan: http://www.ndu.edu/press/lib/pdf/StrForum/SF-260.pdf

    From what I understand of the case of Afghanistan that is particular, is that a lot of the military contractors were Afghan nationals. This is a break from the norm as in the past as most PMCs/PSCs have consisted of employees that were not native to the country they were operating in.

    • Joe Dixon says:

      So, by them being Afghan nationals, are we talking (all though I guess we are) ‘private armies’, Cromwell-style?

      Thanks though, that is news to me, I was under the impression that PMCs were always foreign nationals.

      • SRH says:

        I’m reticent to make the comparison because I don’t know anything about Cromwell’s armies 😛

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