Meet Blackwater USA, the private army that the US government has quietly hired to operate in international war zones and on American soil. Its ...Show synopsisMeet Blackwater USA, the private army that the US government has quietly hired to operate in international war zones and on American soil. Its contacts run from military and intelligence agencies to the upper echelons of the White House; it has a military base, a fleet of aircraft and 20,000 troops, but since September 2007 the firm has been hit by a series of scandals that, far from damaging the company, have led to an unprecedented period of expansion. This revised and updated edition includes Scahill's continued investigative work into one of the outrages of our time: the privatisation of war.Hide synopsis
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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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