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"Dada, why nom noms taste like lead?
Maybe Blackwater was making a sick joke referencing shooting the New York Times' dog in Baghdad last December, but, ya know, I just can't figure out where the weapons and silencers fit in with the dog food shipments. And why would bodyguards to the State Department in Baghdad need silencers?
"(B)ecause it's a war over there and our guys need them," one Blackwater executive was quoted as saying. (Duh. Welcome to fucking Baghdad, asshole. What did you expect, for us to be greeted like liberators?)
Or maybe it's because Blackwater's more freelance than any of us thought and has gone into the assassination business.
Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide, the company led by ex-SEAL and current Sociopath of the Board Erik Prince, have made some surprising revelations about their former company to a federal grand jury and ABC News. Namely that the company's been smuggling weapons and silencers into Iraq, which is a no no with their biggest benefactor the United States State Department.
You know, the entity that decided its security people weren't good enough anymore and decided to hand out billions in security contracts to Blackwater despite the fact that they've been running around killing Iraqis with gunships, trying to buy their silence through third party intermediaries, sending four of their contractors into harm's way undermanned, in non-armored SUV's then suing the families for $10,000,000 when they file a wrongful death lawsuit, directly engaging the enemy (another no no) even to the point of giving orders to US troops, losing weapons then covering up for it (namely the M4 Bushmaster, the same exact automatic weapon they've been smuggling out) and is now accused of gun-running. The same State Dept. that just handed Blackwater another 4 year, $1.25 billion contract despite four prior independent federal investigations.
Who says Condi Rice's department of state isn't a kind and forgiving entity?
During the Clinton years, it would've been impossible to imagine that our president would've started an illegal war and thrown into the fray a criminal enterprise like Blackwater, staffed with murderers, gun-runners and tax-evading Christopathic thugs like Erik Prince who offers a dark, whistling void behind his shark-like eyes.
And to hurl these psychopaths into this blood-soaked morass ensuring in every way possible that there would be no oversight whatsoever. Another triumph of the free market.
So, one of the questions that is uppermost in my mind is, What will President Obama do about this and contractor abuses in general?