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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As Vietnam proved, American war cannot be sustained with a draft. Private companies are accountable to pretty much no government for their recruitment practices.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. This is a fucking fantastic book.

Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nationoffers a hard-left perspective on Blackwater USA, the self-described private military contractor and security firm. Let’s face it, it’s all about money.

In short, The Nation choir will sing its praises, but comes far short of claiming the conclusions it stakes out at the end.

In all, Blackwater has sacked more than of its operatives in Iraq. We know that Americans will tolerate any kind of foreign intervention if there are few to no bodies of American soldiers coming home.

Maybe I’m being too critical. Blaciwater the perspective of the families of the contractors who are killed due to the careless policies of Blackwater and, by extension, the U. They also quote the US founding fathers whenever possible, but never that crap Washington came off with about never telling a lie — what was that guy on, anyway?

They blac,water exempt from the US Uniform Code of Military Justice because they are “civilians”, and much worse, no law can touch them at all. So here I am reading this book and a thought springs to mind. Now let me list the way he follow scahilp religion he claims to strongly uphold. I mostly agree with what the author is trying to say, but don’t like his sensationalist style. The pay of a private army soldier is, as this book documents, 3 to 4 times that of a regular soldier.

Compact Disc – In the spirit of wage dumping, former paramilitaries, torturers and potential war criminals from different countries were organized.

May 22, Jerome rated it liked it. One thing about war is that the country is supposed to feel the consequences of it.


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

It was astonishing to see how deep the connections ran between extremist religious groups, far-right Republicans, and the mercenary industry Scahill critiques. The author makes the point that guns were on the ground long before humanitarian aid was deployed.

Sep 13, Mariella rated it really liked it. With the argument that the economy would be desirable as an attack target because of its importance for the US for terrorists. Needless to say a private military may not s Finally finished this book, and I must say I was a little disappointed.

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. Scahill for your hard work and dedication in exposing this story and bringing it to a mass audience.

There are tasks that only the military should be doing, but supporting the military can been done better and cheaper utilizing private services. Having journalists with such a force could be ruled out very easily in a boardroom. Ultimately, Blackwater and its less familiar counterparts thrive not because of a neoconservative conspiracy against democracy, as Scahill claims, but because they provide relatively low-cost alternatives in high-budget environments and flexibility at a time when war is increasingly protean.

Apr 25, Ashley rated it really liked it Shelves: Screening personnel, assuring adherence to contracts, auditing expenses those are all legitimate issues, and Scahill rightly points out abuses and failings.

Jeremy Scahill: The scandal of Blackwater | Opinion | The Guardian

This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. Open Preview See a Problem? Oh yeah, the same incentive that our current government has–none, to be exact. A good pages could have been trimmed out of this book and it would have contained all the key information and seemed less the vehicle of an agenda against Blackwater and more like a journalist’s unbiased account. Nisour Square massacre Abtan v.

The scandal of Blackwater

This almost reeks of corruption, especially when these companies are in reality provided a sub par service. I used to think that people would need to be able to believe something before they could espouse it. Articles needing additional references from October All articles needing additional references Articles lacking in-text citations from December All articles lacking in-text citations Pages to import images to Wikidata. Third, the title of the book is about Blackwater, but many of the chapters are quite irrelevant.


I saw September 11th with my own eyes, and fully supported a military response of whatever form necessary to capture Osama bin Laden and break up Afghani training camps for Al-Qaeda. Also, it is unlikely that you are going to have anything anywhere near your local pizza shop on base, so in the end you are pretty much going to have to put up with Pizza Hut. Scahill also details the use of Blackwater forces in the catastrophe that was Hurricane Katrina, inproviding property and force protection for FEMA officials.

They already are using a significant number of soldiers from third world nations because they are cheaper to hire.

Sep 03, Todd rated it did not like it. Well this is the history of Blackwater. Yes, we get it, you did your research. Also, training various Iraqi ethnic militias to blacksater as death squads in a tactic they actually call the Salvadoran Option.

According to a report prepared by Waxman’s staff, since Blackwater operatives in Iraq have opened fire on at least occasions. Sinceprivate security companies are also officially part of the American armed forces, which should be useful for the further growth of security companies.

That running story points out how expendable these contractors are to the company. However, I was unprepared for the section on Blackwater and Hurricane Katrina. If anything, the disaster in Iraq should prove that the world’s emerging security threats cannot be solved through traditional military solutions. The book is beautifully written and, though a large book, it is an engrossing read.

Rumsfeld and Cheney wanted most of the cost of the war off the books, they didn’t want any kind of draft that blackqater have forced the US to take a close look at their policies, they wanted their companies Halliburton and Blackwater – a major Republican contributor to make a shitload of money, which they have.