Blackwater Founder: We Could Have Saved Ambassador Stevens

Blackwater Founder: We Could Have Saved Ambassador Stevens

The controversial founder of the private security firm Blackwater told Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon that if Blackwater had been operating at the American consulate in Benghazi in September of 2012, Ambassador Christopher Stevens would still be alive. 

On Sunday, Erik Prince, the founder and former CEO of Blackwater USA, told Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, that the Obama administration “turned its back” on the Americans at the consulate. In what Bannon described as a “no holds barred interview,” Prince shared his insights about a variety of contemporary issues, including foreign policy.

Iran is on a roll, according to Prince. “They won in Syria and they won in Iraq” he says, but they are vulnerable because “70% of their population is under 30” and they don’t have the same animosity toward the west that the Mullahs have. The “Arab Spring started in Persia in 2009,” Prince contends, but the Obama administration did nothing to prop up the rebellion. Meanwhile, America looked on while the Iranian government brought in Hezbollah to crush it. 

Prince’s worldview includes a loathing for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which he equated as the Islamic version of the Nazi party. Moreover, Prince said, Saudi Arabia is so disenchanted with America due to Obama’s latest negotiations with Iran that they are terminating contracts with American vendors and offering them to companies from anywhere but America. 

Now living in Dubai, Prince sees other countries in general trying their best to install capitalism into their economies and reaping rich rewards. For instance, China in particular has done so and is now making monetary gains in developing new industries in Africa. “America is going the other way” says Prince. When asked by Bannon how to fix that problem, Prince said, “Make government smaller.”

Prince’s book, Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror, was released last month.