What does 1.25 billion dollars buy these days? It looks like since 2000 it has been able to buy a private army. Blackwater just got their contract renewed. Does anyone know what it is they do exactly? I'm not talking about being pretty sure, or almost certain. Does anyone know for sure, and can anyone stand and say with certainty what they do? It doesn't seem that anyone can. US Commanders in Iraq have complained they have no idea who Blackwater is, and where and when they are operating.
The State Department has control over Blackwater, but what does that mean? Richard Griffin resigned when he couldn't answers questions about Blackwater. He resigned but his 2 aids that had oversight were promoted on the same day. Way to go Condie! Do you know anyone who has a job that has no checks and balances? Garbage me are more accountable than these guys! Where did Griffin go when he retired? Did anyone check to see if he went on Blackwater's payroll? Was he already on their payroll? Hmm, I wonder?
So Blackwater made 1.25 bil guarding and driving diplomats in Iraq. How many diplomats are there in Iraq? Are they guarding our diplomats or theirs? The State Department says they guard these diplomats, and drive them when they leave the green zone. Why are they leaving the green zone? Are they going to keggers off campus? How often do they leave the zone? What percentage of the 1.25 bil is earned while said diplomats are tucked safely in the green zone? Who guards them whilst hunkered down in the craddle?
I thought the brave men and women of the US Armed Forces were there securing the green zone? Why do we have mercenaries, ones paid by our government, doing jobs the soldiers are there to perform? Who do I call to tell them I'd like Blackwater out of Iraq? I have that right, don't I? Our elected officials are their to do what we ask of them right? Isn't it majority rules? If enough of us write, call, drop in to see our officials, they put things in motion to do what we want. I am a constituent! I want action!
Who decided to send these 1.25 bil private guards to Iraq? Was there a vote? A discussion? Did anyone offer a whatta ya think? How do I get in on a gig like that where nobody knows what you're up to? Did anyone actually ask, or was this another of those no bid, hush hush deals that our current administration loves so much. They are the ones that keep telling us we don't support the troops if we are against the war. What does it say to the troops when their own government brings in private muscle to protect the diplomats?