I didn’t think I’d see this. It’s a dissenting view on the enjoyable practice of condemning private security contractors: Blackwater: Important force in Iraq mission.
Perhaps the rush to judgment results from recognition that this might be an opportunity to attack the president and the strategy in Iraq without attacking our military heroes.
Okay, slamming contractors is classier than “General BetrayUs” ads. But, then, so is farting.
But few media outlets have mentioned that Iraqi ”witnesses” have offered conflicting versions of the incident. Still fewer have highlighted the troublesome role of the factionalized Iraqi Ministry of Interior as the source of such witnesses.
This is the standard m.o., of course. Find some folks who say they saw what you want them to have seen. Ignore the rest.
I’m certainly not saying that the witnesses are lying or that Blackwater wasn’t in the wrong. I don’t know. I just do know that these sorts of situations generally have all sorts of witnesses with all sorts of motivations, and that they’re rarely as straightforward as they seem at first glance.
Say what you will about Blackwater and other private military firms. They’re here to stay. In fact, we haven’t seen anything yet.
UPDATE: In an MSNBC.com story on the evilness of Blackwater:
Blackwater bills the U.S. government $1,222 per day for a single –protective security specialist,” the report says. That works out to $445,891 on an annual basis, far higher than it would cost the military to provide the same service.
Okay. Fair enough. Replace the private military contractors with military personnel. An extra 150,000 should do it. I can’t wait to see some anti-“mercenary” politicians stand up and demand that the Army be enlarged enough to take on the war zone duties covered by private firms.
I’ve long said that the active Army should be expanded by two or three divisions. Obviously, I was shooting low.