On Wednesday, former US Representative and two-time presidential candidate Dennis John Kucinich (D-OH) told RIA-Novosti that the deployment of foreign private security firms in the Ukraine is unacceptable as they increase the risk of an outbreak of civil war, saying, “We saw in Iraq how private security forces can get out of control. Whenever you’re in a politically sensitive, a militarily sensitive situation the last thing you want is private security out there, because they can actually profit by an expanded conflict. They can stir up a war and then profit from it. If oligarchs want to hire people to protect them, they have a right to do that, but if nations bring in private armies, you’re looking at combustible material here because there’s no control. The private armies will pursue private interests. They don’t care about anything except making more money, and the more war there is, the more money they make. You know the only money that the Ukraine is getting right now is from the IMF. Who’s paying these private armies?”
Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) voiced concerns over the buildup of Ukrainian forces in the southeast involving some 150 American mercenaries from Greystone. According to open sources, Greystone is a private security company registered in Barbados. It boasts that it provides “protective security and training solutions to customers in challenging environments”. In February, elements in the Rada, backed by far-right groups, ousted President Viktor Yanukovich, illegally amended the constitution, and scheduled an early presidential election for 25 May. Moscow described the putsch in Kiev as an illegitimate fascist coup and a military seizure of power, which resulted in it taking steps to protect ethnic Russians in the Ukraine, including Crimea’s reunification with Russia.
9 April 2014
“Who’s paying these private armies?” Why, Langley is, of course. Unfortunately, for the junta, Langley isn’t going to involve the US government overly much; already, it’s in too deep for complete deniability. Note well that the local Opolchenie in Kharkov nicked one of the American mercs… that’s what prompted Obama’s talk of further sanctions, no doubt. It’s a bargaining chip… “Give us back our merc on the quiet so that we can continue to bash you in public or we’ll kick you in the ass even worse”. Russia would do well to take this jabronie to Moscow and put him in front of the cameras. The US government would still deny its role, to be sure, but it’d convince non-American waverers (and strengthen the hand of anti-war elements in the USA).
By definition, mercs lack discipline, real cohesion, and serious military worth… they’re worthless for anything other than small unit ops of the most minor sort (platoon level and below)… in fact, most soldiers will tell you that they’re worthless for anything other than as bodyguards or as “muscle” to rough up unarmed civilians (they’re also useful as high-powered rent-a-cops with avtomats). It’s not for nothing that the word “mercenary” is a pejorative. Some of the worst incidents in the Iraq and Afghan campaigns were the result of using pricey unsoldierly mercs and not real troops for some duties. This was for political reasons… if one were to use proper military units, one would’ve had to reintroduce conscription, which is a third rail in American politics (even though the One Percent and their hangers-on would exempt their sons… as Willy Romney dodged the draft without consequence in the Vietnam War). It isn’t due to such rubbishy “conspiracy theory” reasons as “black helicopters” and “Trilateral Commissions”… it’s simply due to American pols not wanting to goad their self-satisfied and porcine constituents. They might lose the election… eek! Oh, the humanity!
If the Ukrainian state collapses (which gets more likely as this situation rumbles on), one of the major reasons will be that the junta used undisciplined and unaccountable foreign mercs. There’s a disaster in the making… I’m not pleased at that, but that’s what the tealeaves say…