Fedayeen Bush offered Black Deal

Posted: November 1, 2007 in axis of incompetence, Blackwater, lies, mercenaries, military, war

The New York Times reported recently that officials from the State Department offered immunity deals to Blackwater not-mercenaries involved in the recent massacre in Iraq exchange for testifying. Trouble is, the officials didn’t have the authority to do so. Here’s the full report:

Immunity Deals Offered to Blackwater Guards

Wow. These people are fucking unbelievable. I wonder if the DoD would have offered a similar deal if real soldiers had been involved in the murders. Not likely – lawful combatants are held accountable for their actions.

Of course, that’s not the end of it. Apparently, according to the State Department, these sorts of deals are “routine” and should not impede the Justice Department’s investigation. Yeah, right. If you believe that, I have some land to sell you…

There is some good news, however.  Later reports hinted that the military may assume oversight of the security convoys previously unsupervised by the State Department, and in other news, the Iraqi president has begun pushing legislation that will make Blackwater and other security firms subject to Iraqi law.

It’s about time.  These thugs and brigands have been operating with virtual impunity and no competent oversight for far too long.

Of course, the military will have its hands full keeping tabs on this lot.  They already can’t maintain decent oversight of the 130,000-plus contractors currently operating in Iraq, working on reconstruction and resupply efforts.  Corruption, graft and cost overruns are rampant over there, as is always the case with civilian contractors and military operations.  Especially vis-a-vis a certain company whose former CEO is now our V.P.

But this is still a step in the right direction.  Of course, as far as I’m concerned, these “Private Military Corporations” have no business operating at all.  Iraq and the United States would both be better off if the money wasted on their contracts was confiscated and reapplied to the military budget.  Then we might be able to boost personnel strenght and give our real troops some relief for a change.

Supporters claim the PMCs and private security firms are needed over there because they free up the troops to do more military stuff.  I say if our military forces hadn’t already been decimated by the Rumsfeld-Bush-Cheney Axis of Incompetence we wouldn’t be having this discussion today.

 

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