Monday, June 11

Jeremy Scahill: Dems Disingenuous in Iraq Withdrawal Plan

America's deepening quagmire in Iraq remains quiet profitable for war contractors like Blackwater, headquartered in the North Carolinian backwoods.

Jeremy Scahill is an investigative journalist at The Nation and correspondent for Democracy Now!. In May, The Nation Institute published his book Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, a dark parable on the Defense Department's burgeoning three-quarters of a billion dollar mercenary army effectively exempt from congressional oversight or compliance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

During Scahill's publicity tour to promote the book, he appeared on Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart, dropping some zingers on Blackwater and the missing oversight by the Democrat-controlled congress.
But the champion slippery zinger sliding beneath most war watchers' radar was this one:

Based on analysis appearing earlier this month in, Blackwater's phenomenal growth apparently reflects the Bush White House's push to privatize the U.S. military and intelligence operations, moving control to Corporate America where congressional and public oversight is virtually nonexistent.

Postscript: U.S. Blunder of the Day in Iraq

"Computer-generated plans for the new $592m US Embassy currently being built in Baghdad have appeared on the website of the architectural firm contracted to design the development, reported

The gaff by the US based Berger Devine Yaeger has been viewed as a significant security breach. Ten images were posted online showing details such as the compound layout, the Marine Corps security post and the Ambassador's residence."

--Iraq Updates, 11 June 2007

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