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The Hidden Costs of America’s Addiction to Mercenaries |Defense One

The Hidden Costs of America’s Addiction to Mercenaries |Defense One

A decade ago, I found myself in a precarious position. I was in Burundi, sipping a Coke with Domitien Ndayizeye, the country’s then-president, U.S. Ambassador Jim Yellin, and several others. We had an emerging catastrophe on our hands.

Ten years earlier, the Rwandan genocide left a trail of ash and tears in its wake, claiming 800,000 lives in 90 days—nearly a soul a minute. Since then, Rwanda had recovered, but neighboring Burundi remained at war with itself, ravaged by infighting with Hutus massacring Tutsis and vice versa.

Source: The Hidden Costs of America’s Addiction to Mercenaries – Defense One