Stupid Reddit headline of the day

I sort of like Reddit. I really do. There is a great deal of good stuff to be found. But, man, are some of the posters idiots.

Here’s a high-rated story for today:

Now Blackwater has an air force

Here’s the article it links to:

Blackwater seeks Super Tucano acquisition for trainer role

Security and training company Blackwater USA confirmed that it has applied for a license to acquire one Embraer Super Tucano light attack trainer.

The acquisition is on hold pending licensing approval by the US government, a Blackwater spokeswoman said.

The aircraft would launch a new pilot training programme for Blackwater, which provides a broad range of training and operational services for military and law enforcement clients.

Reading the comments by the morons is sort of funny. What are the demographics of Reddit? 14-17 year old males, or so. Here’s a sampling:

–Why would they need a trainer if they were not developing an airforce? Executive thrill-seekers?

I wasn’t aware they did training.

–private contractors 2.0 – now with airforce(tm) !

–I bet they can’t wait to go to Iran.

Kids these days…


  1. Hell yeah, if you’re going to rely on foreign mercinaries to defend your country they might just as well buy foreign made weapons too. Well, at least in this case they’re cheap crappy foreign weapons. So what happens when Blackwater gets a better deal from the Saudis or Iranians than they get from us? Oh golly gee that would never happen. It’s not like they’re just in this for the money now is it?

  2. Great, rent-an-agressor. They already get paid to be the bad guys. When did this country become such a bunch of Polyanna’s? We pay contractors profit on development because we know they’d never drag that out. We let illegals stream across our borders because they only have our best interests at heart. We outsource our weapons because natually everyone wants to sell the best weapons to us. The world loves us and nothing can ever possibly go wrong. If you don’t believe that, just ask any American.

  3. Look at what we’d be missing if we weren’t outsourcing the so called ‘war on terror’, from the NY Times today: An American-owned company operating from Kuwait paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to American contracting officers in efforts to win more than $11 million in contracts, the government says in court documents. The Army last month suspended the company, Lee Dynamics International, from doing business with the government, and the case now appears to be at the center of a contracting fraud scandal that prompted Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to dispatch the Pentagon inspector general to Iraq to investigate. Court documents filed in the case say the Army took action because the company was suspected of paying hundreds of thousands in bribes to Army officers to secure contracts to build, operate and maintain warehouses in Iraq that stored weapons, uniforms, vehicles and other mat+

  4. Of course, then there’s this: Lawmakers suggest that one reason companies with second-rate track records continue to win contracts is that agencies have difficulty sharing performance evaluation information. Procurement officials must check the General Services Administration’s Excluded Parties List System to determine whether a contractor is disbarred or suspended from government contracting, but the list rarely includes large firms. Another required resource, the Past Performance Information Retrieval System, is not available to the public, and critics suggest its records are incomplete and outdated. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., introduced a bill in July that would create a centralized database of actions taken against federal contractors, including a description of each of the actions. ‘The federal government’s watchdogs, the federal suspension and debarment officials, currently lack the information that they need to protect our business interests and taxpayers’ dollars,’ Maloney said. Transparency and oversight are only part of the equation, however. A more substantive issue concerns the criteria agencies use to evaluate a company’s past performance. Take LOGCAP III, for example. Independent auditors and government watchdogs have spotlighted numerous instances of wasteful spending and lax accounting management. But, with the exception of the decision to split the contract among three firms – a strategy some suggest is as much about pacifying Congress as it is about controlling costs – the Pentagon and KBR have hardly broken stride. The service has paid KBR more than $20 billion on the contract. ‘KBR has a hold on [the Army],’ says Dina Rasor, a defense contracting expert and co-author of Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War (Palgrave McMillan, 2007), a new book that alleges KBR threatened work stoppages and repeatedly padded costs during the LOGCAP III contract. ‘They are the 900-pound gorilla in Iraq, and the Army doesn’t want to change horses midstream.’ Gee, what kind of hold could they have over the Army? They’re old war buddies now. The contractors in the desert have their back. They do what the Army wants to do and can’t. They’re brothers. Too bad no one has the US taxpayers back.