The Iraqi “government” (well, that’s what the Bush administration calls it, but then they call themselves a government, too, so there we are) has expelled Blackwater Security from its job to
commit legalized mayhem provide security services in Iraq. Citing the killing of 8 civilians and the wounding of 13 others in a shootout during a State Department convoy yesterday,an Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman announced today that Blackwater must go bye bye – for now, anyway.
So. Is Blackwater out in Iraq?
It would seem so for now. But Blackwater’s owner, Erik Prince, is a great and good friend of George W. Bush, so while Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has promised the Iraqi “government” ( see previous note for use of quotation marks) that the investigation into the incident will be “fair and transparent” (hahahaha – sorry, couldn’t help myself) and that Blackwater, which has a long record of troubling behavior both in Iraq and at home will be held accountable if they’re found at fault.
And with Blackwater having provided much of the security for administration officials in Iraq, and with huge no-bid contracts to be fulfilled, one has to wonder what tasks Our Dear Leader The Decider can come up with for a private army that even is developing its own air force.
Well, it’s hurricane season. And since the administration has decided that Jesus wants us all to submit to
Caesar’s our government’s authority in time of crisis, perhaps Blackwater’s gun happy mercenaries employees won’t stay idle very long.
Update: Rep. Henry Waxman has promised to hold hearings on Blackwater’s activities in Iraq.