Even before full emplacement, America’s shadow Army is taking heat. Blackwater USA, a “security firm” with deep ties in Washington, is in a wrangle with Iraqi officals over a fire fight over the weekend. the US account has it that a convoy of diplomats were fired upon in a crowded square. The American response was typically decisive. Civilians were killed.
Of course, the enemy counts on that happening. that’s why they do these things with innocents around them - besides the camouflage benefits - to later cry how the Coalition is targeting indiscriminately.
With all that’s happen in Iraq, I would be surprised if the Yankee yahoos aren’t blasting everything in sight. The situation is out of anyone’s control. Prolonged fear can do that to the stalwart, not that that adjective applies to these hired guns.
Iraqi response was to first “revoke Blackwater’s license to operate.” As if that mattered…
Today the soup thickens as Iraqi officials re-write their initial assessment to say the “response” by Blackwater was actually an “attack.”
All this will only prove how powerless is the Iraqi government. The nation, such as it is, is in US control. All the car bombs in the world can’t change that, as they have a disturbing tendency to maim and kill more Iraqis than foreigners. That may be Bush’s grand strategy (if there is one) to let the nation self destruct until there are only isolated bands of brigands left between our Corporate interests and all that oil. All we have to do is stand aside and let that happen.
Yet with all the pressure to remove our troops outfits like Blackwater will become ever more necessary to replace the troops while the natives blow each other up. This outing of our shadow warriors might cause difficulties, but it cannot stop what is already in action: A switch out of soldiery is imminent.
Think of it as an oil change.