Your Role In Somalia, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 15 2011 @ 9:10am

Gulliver fisks Max Boot's angry response to the NYT expose on the US-funded security company training African troops:

This may be a news flash to you, but "we're not willing to send even U.S. trainers" almost anywhere (assuming you mean uniformed American servicemen) with the exception of Iraq and Afghanistan, in large part because of the massive manpower requirements of those wars. The bulk of U.S.-provided military training in partner nations is performed by contractors like DynCorp and MPRI (and innumerable subs); sometimes it's contracted through the State Department (as with putative peacekeeping training in Africa), and sometimes it's executed by DoD through foreign military sales. …

All of that said, I kind of agree with Boot that the Times article makes a mountain out of a molehill.