Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nation, offers a hard-left perspective on Blackwater USA, the self-described private military contractor and. Jeremy Scahill: The only punishment doled out to US security men of the leading US mercenary firm Blackwater, has seldom appeared in. Review: Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Scahill demonstrates the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to a.
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Then they realized they could take all the other ex-special ops dudes like themselves, except poorer, and sell their bodies as weapons of war to do the politically dirty work of guarding detested US colonial politicians using any means necessary, as in, quite literally as detailed in the book, shooting at any Iraqis in the vicinity, even if the convoy is driving without warning through a crowded city square.
The privatization of the US military initiated by Rumsfeld and Cheney et al has created a huge opportunity blackwtaer private security companies like BW to flourish, at the expense of chaos, violence and a huge human cost.
This draws in people retired from the blackwqter military who have the training, like the work of warfare and scagill eager for action. This book is full of double standards and petty fault finding.
Plus Blzckwater was on the campaign trail so this would fire up all the dumb rednecks in the States and they needed this as propaganda to justify going full bore into Fallujah. Contractors, brought in to support the effort from a hundred different countries, bring remarkable cost effectiveness, capabilities and expertise.
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Among other things, what disturbs me the most about private companies is that they can commit any crime, including murder or use of illegal weapons, with impunity. It is to be hoped that the shift to a more sustainable economic order will be untypically slow and peaceful, rather than culminating in a more and more delayed and thus exacerbated collapse.
A volunteer army such as we have now, created with promises of career training, free education and other benefits is little short of a mercenary army, though the soldiers still wear the Scwhill.
This gives a history and account of various misdeeds by Blackwater and their born ultra-rich right wing Christian kook founder Erik Prince. I would have preferred a book that examined the problem more objectively, and less vindictively. Not surprisingly, Prince said he supported the continuation of Order 17 in Iraq, the Bremer-era decree giving organisations such as Blackwater immunity from nlackwater in Iraqi courts.
It seemed to be that a certain faction within the US government wanted to see how far they could push the boundaries.
Well this is the history of Blackwater. I think the one point that is quite weak about this book is his argument against using private companies in peacekeeping forces. The military, whose soldiers made about a fifth of the mercenary salary, were often forced to come to the aid of the Blackwater folks who might have begun a larger engagement in a situation, where, for policy reasons, the US government or military did not want to engage troops.
In the book, Scahill contends that Blackwater exists as a mercenary force, and argues that Blackwater’s rise is a consequence of the demobilization of the US military following the Cold War and its overextension in Iraq and Afghanistan. Academi books Current affairs books Military books Books about companies. Sep 13, Mariella rated it really liked it. Scahill also accuses William Boykin, former undersecretary of defense for intelligence, of going on “anti-Muslim rants” in public speeches, but if you’ve ever studied any of those speeches, they are not anti-Muslim and were given in front of Christian audiences.
Look, I believe that there are pros and cons when it comes to privatisation, but the thing is that there really needs to be some accountability.
Rumsfeld and Cheney wanted most of the cost of the war off the books, they didn’t want any kind of draft that would have forced the US to take a close look at their policies, they wanted their companies Halliburton and Blackwater – a major Republican contributor to make a shitload of money, which they have. Finally finished this book, and I must say I was a little disappointed. Scahill also writes that Boykin was put in charge of hunting “high-value targets”, which is not true, and has nothing to do with the position that Boykin occupied.
Worse yet, Scahill himself admits he didn’t research or write most of this book, rather one of his graduate assistants did read the foreward.
War and capitalism 5 14 Aug 13, I was also disturbed by the political lobbying to overturn South Africa’s restrictions on its Nationals participating in private armies and the situation in Darfur. Though the liberation by war idea has been refuted beyond doubt with the disaster of Iraq, that war not coincidentally rocketed Blackwater to success.
The thing with cost plus is that the company bills the government for the cost of the service, plus any profit on top. Overall this book is a good time killer, but I would not recommend it.
There are serious concerns that should be addressed related scahull the use of private military forces, but this book cannot contribute meaningfully to any discussion because of its political presumptions, strident blackater and lack of content. I had the so called “privilege” to meet a few of their members while serving overseas Clearly, the Blackwater folks had a very broad mandate in their charge to protect civilians.
In the words of a Chilean torture victim turned advocate: Terrorist, subversive activities that should be tackled with all severity of state and civilian forces. Then for the privatization of the war in Iraq. Then blwckwater us consider the idea of the cost-plus arrangement, which simply turns into a means of siphoning government money into the coffers of the private company. Wow I hate soldiers of just about all kinds.
Between it being a last minute assignment, at least one of the guys was in the doghouse with higher ups, the Iraqis not only had a camera there to record the whole event but they had an anti-American sign written up in ENGLISH all ready to show.
In an interview with PBS on frontline a blacmwater of KBR repeatedly dodged the question about the cost of the operation. It is the recipe for endless war in the commercialization of combat and the completion of the vision of religious conservatives such as Chuck Prince that the U.
Individuals are taxed on earnings, though if you are wealthy enough there are ways of being able to restructure that arrangement. Just hours before Prince’s testimony, CNN reported that the state department’s initial report on the shooting was drafted by a Blackwater contractor, Darren Hanner. They are exempt from the US Uniform Code of Military Justice because they are “civilians”, and much worse, no law can touch blaxkwater at all.
Another thing that is quite distressing is the ideology behind BW. It is rather concerning that a arguably democratically-elected government is sending an army svahill is not accountable to anyone into a troubled region, which has now proven to cause disastrous consequences. You can argue they know what they signed up for, but Blackwater is so shady that who knows what they were really told, and how much time they all had to really review what they signed.
Covers Missing – Blackwater 3 15 Dec 31, Still, it’s well researched, dives deep into many of the questions at play, and should be read as a means of provoking discussion on an important topic.