Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nation, offers a hard-left perspective on Blackwater USA, the self-described private military contractor and. Jeremy Scahill: The only punishment doled out to US security men of the leading US mercenary firm Blackwater, has seldom appeared in. Review: Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Scahill demonstrates the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to a.

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Individuals are taxed on earnings, though if you are wealthy enough there are ways of being able to restructure that arrangement. The shooting spree, labeled “Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday,” was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U.

Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill

In contrast, Scahill seems to bring up numerous issues simply to further taint Blackwater’s image; had someone who worked for Blackwater ran over a possum driving home from work or torn the little tag off their mattress, I suspect Scahill would have included that too. It owes its existence, he shows, to the post—Cold War drawdown of U. Like, everyone with a conscience is aware of that fact?

Prince said Blackwater operatives who “don’t hold to the standard, they have one decision to make: Blackwater is also present in some parts of Pakistan. Blackwater employees are expected to train a local militia and build an army steered by the US, as a direct military presence would be too prominent a provocation for Russia and Iran.

The scandal of Blackwater

Overall this is an interesting book, but very topical. That said, I’ll say that Jeremy Scahill’s “Blackwater” gets points for reportage, for his interviews and legwork. Lastly, I found myself wishing Scahill was a business reporter – I think there’s a big story in where the money is coming from and where it’s going and I don’t think this is explored well.

After Scahill is done reporting his “facts”, he utterly fails to connect them in any way whatsoever to the larger narrative about Blackwater. I wonder how that efficiency argument can hold if it is repeatedly stressed in the book that private contractors are paid 3 times as high as a US military personnel.


The increase in forces often followed the pattern of screaming for deadly attacks on Blackwater workers in Iraq after even more crackdown and an increase in contingents. As American civilian tactics of shock therapy caused civil order in Iraq to collapse, the number of security-guarded security companies and their associates increased steadily until it settled into a 1: And yes, not surprisingly they cost far less than trained combat soldiers.

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Apparently the company was cutting costs and sent the men out in pairs ecahill of the normal 3, so there was no dude with blacwkater gun in the backseat protecting the guys in front who didn’t have accurate maps and were kind of lost and occupied navigating a city that even the marines wouldn’t enter at that time because the Americans were so hated there.

Eager warriors, great pay, hidden casualties and perhaps most important of all, the creation of a powerful business advocacy for both new foreign operations and the extension of those already underway. Should they be attacked, it’s most likely whatever administration is in power would come under enormous pressure to send in the troops.

Jeremy Scahill is a first-rate investigative journalist, of that I have no doubt, but he also has a clear anti-Blackwater, anti-Prince family agenda to sell, and he wastes not a single word selling it here.

Diese Firmen definieren den Scaahill von privater Blackwatee und Firmeneigentum unverhohlen als Teil, wenn nicht Kern, ihres Aufgabengebiets. Since much has been paid out of black and for the safety of the United States secret coffers, neither the exact financial framework nor the number of employed mercenaries can be quantified.

The implication for US foreign policy and American image overseas is immense. Place the rise of Erick Prinz’s private army, the Blacwkater folks, and you have a scarry scenario, since Prinz and his family were in the forefront of support for these guys. Even their American teachers were reactivated for training in Iraq so that the fighters were also up to date in the field of asymmetrical warfare, abduction, embarrassing interrogation techniques and needle-sticking operations.

Both the encirclement of Russia with vassal states of the USA; the construction of a pipeline through terrain weakened by Russia’s influence to soften it, as well as the creation of bases for a potential war against Iran form the motive for its deployment.


From the perspective of the families of the contractors who are killed due to the careless policies of Blackwater and, by extension, the U. Clearly, the Blackwater folks had a very broad mandate in their charge to protect civilians.

Both the deployment of a private, full-shadowed militia to protect infrastructure and the privatization of disaster relief began. Their god is a Christian one, but they stand allied with Israel, and trace their religious roots back to the Crusades, which was medieval in its very concept and reflected the fanatic religious warriors now terrorizing the Middle East.

Add Christian fundamentalism into that mix, and a dash of stupid president, and one has the ingredients for our own downfall. No, this book has much more to do with rapid privatisation of the military as opposed to one particular organisation, and does spend quite a lot of time looking at not only their role in the Iraq War, but also a lot of background with regards to the war. No, I don’t think it was worth my time or money. But really corporate goon squads for the “elite” are nothing new ever heard of the Pinkertons?

Behind the company are neoconservative advocates of neoliberalism from politics and economics, whose religious fanaticism holds the balance with enthusiasm for the proclaimed crusade to obtain world domination of the free market economy.

What is the downfall of empires associated with? But, though the story of Blackwater is gripping, chilling, and more than just a little sinister more on that laterI have to honestly say that carrying around this book and rea Okay, first some literary criticism. I’ll end on this note: W hat put Prince in the hot seat were the infamous Nisour Square shootings in Baghdad on September 16, in which as many as 28 Iraqi civilians may have been killed.