About Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army
It was the moment the war turned: On March 31, 2004, four Americans were ambushed and burned near their jeeps by an angry mob in the Sunni stronghold of Fallujah. Their charred corpses were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. The ensuing slaughter by U.S. troops would fuel the fierce Iraqi resistance that haunts occupation forces to this day. But these men were neither American military nor civilians. They were highly trained private soldiers sent to Iraq by a secretive mercenary company based in the wilderness of North Carolina.
from a Post on Veterans Today
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from Blackwater’s Website
“And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I’m sorry it’s the case, and I’ll work hard to try to elevate it.”â€” [Bush] Speaking on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007
from Slate’s The Complete Bushsms
Orwell had nothing on George Bush’s America. We have the topsy-turvey language, of course, where the Clear Sky Act is in fact an attack on the environment, and behind the President’s vow to never use torture is a memo justifying torture.
That was just the start. Bush and company (and I really mean company) have built a private army to help fight their war. You would think this would be top-secret, or that if this army were exposed, which has nearly as many people in Iraq as the U.S. Military, it would be an enormous scandal. Nope.
The mercenary army is called Blackwater, and it bills itself as “the most comprehensive professional military, law enforcement, security, peacekeeping, and stability operations company in the world.” They are not shy.
There’s a bestseller that has “exposed” Blackwater, although it wasn’t really hidden. And Blackwater has pro shop where you can buy hats and t-shirts. You can’t make this stuff up. If you’re thinking of starting your Christmas shopping now, I would love a manly watch.