Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Blackwater Defends Reputation Before Congress: Today's Cartoon

Didn't the Rolling Stones teach us anything about the dangers of hiring "private contractors" for security operations, back in 1969?

The way I see it, if it's illegal for civilians to impersonate police officers then it should also be prohibited for them to pretend to be soldiers; especially in Iraq, where their questionable conduct is frequently being mistaken for that of U.S. troops, whose reputation is tarnished enough, due to the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.

It seems fairly obvious to me that US officials would not have to outsource responsibility in order to avoid accountability in Iraq, if they just didn't do it to begin with. By bringing in private contractors with virtually no oversight, the Bush Administration has created from the onset the conditions for the inevitable fallout, which we are just now beginning to read about. I mean why else would a government need to rely on a company like Blackwater to buffer itself from the consequences of their actions, if it weren't for those actions creating the need to distance themselves from it?

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