A largely untold facet of the war on terror is the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to private mercenary companies. Accountable neither to ...Show synopsisA largely untold facet of the war on terror is the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to private mercenary companies. Accountable neither to the citizenry nor to standard military legal codes, these largely unregulated corporate armies are being entrusted with ever-greater responsibilities on behalf of the nation. Meet Blackwater USA, the worlds most secretive, powerful, and fastest growing private army on the planet. Founded by fundamentalist Christian megamillionaire Erik Prince, the scion of a conservative dynasty that bankrolls extreme-right-wing causes, this company of soldiers is now being sent to the front lines of a global battle, waged largely on Muslim lands, that an evangelical President whom Prince helped put in the White House has boldly defined as a crusade. Ranging from the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah to Washington, D.C., where they are hailed as heroes, this is the dark story of Blackwaters rise to power.Hide synopsis
Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Blackstone Audiobooks) – Audiobook CD (2007)
Jeremy Scahill, Tom Weiner (Read by)
Audiobook CD, Blackstone Audiobooks 2007
ISBN: 1433211874 ISBN-13: 9781433211874
Blackwateris the dark story of the rise of a powerful mercenary army, ranging from the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah to rooftop firefights in Najaf to the hurricane-ravaged US gulf to Washington DC, where Blackwater executives are hailed as new heroes in the war on terror. This is an extraordinary expos by one of America's most exciting young radical journalists.Blackwateris the dark story of the rise of a powerful mercenary army, ranging from the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah to rooftop firefights in Najaf to the hurricane-ravaged US gulf to Washington DC, where Blackwater executives are hailed as new heroes in the war on terror. This is an extraordinary expos by one of America's most exciting young radical journalists.Hide
We all know that the right wing is the nesting place for nutcases but these guys are armed to the teeth and highly trained. The only saving grace is that this pack of mercenaries are so fat and contented bleeding the US Taxpayer, that we don't have to worry about a coup d'etat-- why kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?
As a former Navy Seal, I've seen the mind set of these macho mechanics and it's frightening to see their alliance with the political wing of the Christian Fundamentalists.
As many historians have noted the great empires in history started their decline when they started using mercenaries for their wars to sustain their power. Blackwaters rise and dominance in the use of armed forces by the American war powers could be the beginning of the end for the empire we now know as the United States. This chilling book lays bare the machinations and politics of forces we have seen so many times in past empire building and their eventual demise. It was like read and weep, so many collateral casualties on all sides without anyone standing up and shouting: This is where we stop and start to act as civilized people. Money, money and money, the buck stops nowhere, and gradually all the great achievements of our past heroes are destroyed and a leader of democracy becomes a bully to all. Great read, must read, scares the @#$% out of me for the future!
From the beginning, the author's purpose is to discredit Blackwater Inc. There is no objective information for those seeking to learn more about this organization. I would not recommend this book to anyone but far-leftist organizations looking for further condemnation of Blackwater.
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