Saturday, October 20, 2007

If Blackwater Leaves Iraq, who Replaces them?

Blackwater USA have been deemed the "cowboy outlaws" of the colony of Iraq, but if Blackwater leaves, who will guard U.S. diplomats? The question was answered on Friday when a U.S. official stated Blackwater USA's role in Iraq will most likely 'draw down' and that one of the two other 'capable' contractors will take their role.
While no decisions have been finalized, Blackwater's role in Baghdad is likely to be taken over by one of two other contractors who provide security for the State Department in Iraq, the officials said. They are Triple Canopy and DynCorp International. Miami Herald
Not to worry, though. Trigger happy Blackwater personnel will simply switch employers...
''There will be some sort of disengagement process, but it won't be that they're shown the door,'' said a State Department official. "As one builds down, another builds up.''
It's unclear whether Blackwater employees in Iraq could simply switch employers. And, according to congressional officials, the State Department's Diplomatic Security service argues that it cannot operate without the helicopters that Blackwater provides for escort and rescue efforts. Miami Herald
Sneaky, sneaky, bastards. Blackwater isn't going anywhere. They're just getting another employer. The State Department doesn't want DynCorp. They don't want Triple Canopy either, even though they've been guarding the Green Zone since 2005. In fact, the State Department knows that Triple Canopy has hired a bunch of Latin Americans to do the job. The State Department wants Erik Princes' feudal army. They want Blackwaters little black helicopters, armored vehicles, high power weapons, and the trigger happy cowboys with their own definition of America's "hearts and minds" approach to win over Iraqis.

Blackwater USA is not going anywhere. They are the guardians of the colony of Iraq. With $834 million invested in Blackwater contracts the State Department can't afford to let 'em go.
Blackwater's current work order under a State Department contract worth $834 million reportedly runs out in May 2008.
They know their lives depend on them.

Same Players. Different Scandal.

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