How to Defeat ISIS: Pay American Soldiers of Fortune

I stated rather emphatically what I thought was behind the ISIS terrorism and the inability of the world’s government to deal with them in yesterday’s article. CLICK HERE TO REVIEW. I have no confidence in any government body to deal with many of the contemporary problems of our day. In the United States there are a lot of lawyers who enter politics to enhance their legal profession, but they lack something very important to the management of tax payer resources—actual experience in management. All of them should have at least at some point in the past managed a McDonald’s at some point so that they might develop a basic ability to manage resources—which they obviously lack. Needless to say that if ISIS and any foreign entanglements are to be dealt with, it must come from the private sector. Governments are by their very nature incapable.

With that said I can think of a few times in the past where mercenaries were hired to handle instances of violence. Ross Perot during the late 1970s hired a mercenary to get his employees out of Iran during the communist led hostage crises. The American government was not up to the task, so Perot took it upon himself to finance the effort with his own special forces. The other time was prior to World War II. America had not officially entered the war but Roosevelt wanted to do something to help China fight off Japan. The AVG was set up where mercenary pilots were hired with an unofficial bounty to shoot down the enemy and defend China from invasion without America being officially involved in the activity. Guess what, it worked marvelously well. CLICK HERE FOR MY STORY ON THAT. I propose that the best way to deal with ISIS is to turn to the private sector. There are obviously plenty of gung-ho Americans looking for cash and justice against ISIS. ISIS has declared war on America including the assassination of our president—who even if we don’t like his politics and communist roots—is still our president. It’s unacceptable and many of us take such threats very personal. So ISIS has asked for a good punch in the mouth in return.

For this particular ISIS problem the best strategy would be to funnel money through some corporate sponsor—perhaps a face organization just for the paper trail accounting and offer $100,000 a head for each proven ISIS member turned in to an assessor for review. Before the bounty could be collected proof of ISIS affiliation would have to be made, but once displayed a nice healthy check for $100,000 would be issued to the solider of fortune. For many young warriors up to the task and armed with a nice .300 Winchester Magnum Accuracy International all decked out with the $20,000 goodies, they could become millionaires in a simple afternoon with no problem. It would be easy money for a few weeks and would make many people very rich in the process. It would only take a few weeks for ISIS to evaporate into thin air. The hunting would be easy starting in Mosul then chasing them down into the outlying countryside. The problem would be over before congress could get together and figure out what they’re going to have for lunch.

That leaves the next question, how much would it cost to dispose of $50,000 ISIS scum bags in such a fashion? Well, only about $500 million dollars, which is a bargain considering how much other occupations have cost in the past as shown below.

Estimated War-Related Costs, Iraq and Afghanistan

According to the Center for Defense Information, the estimated cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will reach $1.49 trillion by the end of fiscal year 2013.

  In billions of budgeted dollars
Operation FY 2001+ 2002 FY 20031 FY 20042 FY 20053 FY 2006 FY 2007 FY 2008 FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 Total
Iraq $53.0 $75.9 $85.5 $101.6 $131.2 $142.1 $95.5 $65.9 $45.0 $9.6 $2.9 $808.2
Afghanistan $20.8 14.7 14.5 20.0 19.0 39.2 43.5 59.5 104.9 113.9 105.7 85.6 641.3
Enhanced security $13.0 8.0 3.7 2.1 0.8 0.5 .1 .1 .1 .3 11.24 8.24 48.1
Totals $33.8 $81.2 $94.13 $107.6 $121.4 $170.9 $185.7 $155.1 $171.0 $159.4 $126.5 $96.7 $1,497

Read more: Estimated War-Related Costs, Iraq and Afghanistan

It’s pretty evident that the capitalist approach is far cheaper than state sponsored occupation. It’s not even close. There are plenty of volunteers in America perfectly willing to sign up for that kind of thing including myself. Who doesn’t want to make a year’s worth of wages in a few days? The ISIS terrorists are armed, but they don’t have an infinite supply of ammunition, so they are not very deep on the bench. Their knives won’t do much good against American soldiers of fortune.

So why not do it. It’s not like anybody would have to officially sanction it within the American government. Just get the money funneled to the guys, and don’t prosecute them once they re-enter the United States border. The entire ISIS problem would be gone and the world could return to peace—if that’s really what anybody wanted. It’s been done before and it will be done in the future. It’s being done right now by somebody somewhere, just on a much smaller scale. So hire the money guys to take care of the problem so the American government can have clean hands and deniability. It wouldn’t cost anything significant given the implications of further inaction.

The lesson to the story is an old one, state sponsored efforts like what we typically associate with in war, such as World War II and WWI, Vietnam, Korea—are inefficient ways of dealing with conflict. Loyalty, honor, and sacrifice are ridiculous when associated with service to a collective entity. What works best, and most honestly, is capitalism—making it profitable to win a conflict. That’s when problems get solved, when there is a financial gain to be achieved in resolving an issue. Right now the money is on the financiers of the fear that comes from ISIS, so the conflict is poised to linger for years. Only when it becomes financially viable for individuals to profit from the conflict will the situation end. It is then that governments will no longer feed conflicts from under the table allowing groups like ISIS to flourish that the well of support will dry up and end the sieges seen so prevalent today. Once individuals can profit the financiers of terror will have to hide in the cracks leaving ISIS alone to run for their lives, and the roots of this vast evil will be pulled away from their nourishment. The solution is a no-brainer, so why aren’t we doing it? That is a question for you to ask and answer dear reader. That answer will also prove what I have been saying all along. Governments will never be able to solve such complicated problems like ISIS. But to the private sector using capitalism as wind in its sails, the problem becomes suddenly very easy.

Rich Hoffman


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