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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Finally finished this book, and I must say I was a little disappointed. There were legitimate concerns about the scxhill of domestic paramilitary groups, which were accountable neither to the judiciary nor the police and acted on behalf and in the interests of private individuals. First, a little background on my own biases: Perhaps the greatest enemy to the United States is its military-industrial complex.
Scahilp other thing is, there is something nice about actually having options when on base, such as a choice between going to the mess, or deciding that maybe going to the local Pizza Hut on base is a better option though in my opinion what Pizza Hut offers is probably little different to what the mess offers. Initially, logistics and supply tasks were primarily to be placed in the hands of private backwater so that the army could concentrate on the primary responsibility of the struggle.
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They lied about saving lives, and tried to not pay the contractors the prevailing ways. Yes, I read the whole book.
Contractors, brought in to support the effort from a hundred different countries, bring remarkable cost effectiveness, capabilities and expertise.
Jeremy Scahill’s book was written in Yes, we get it, you did your research. So I dislike seeing “mercenary” always used as a pejorative. Discover what to read next.
It is precisely this dehumanization of the ‘enemy; that makes it easier for the private companies and the US government to recruit mercenaries.
Plus Bush was on the campaign trail so this would fire up all the dumb rednecks in the States and they needed this as propaganda to justify going full bore scahiill Fallujah.
Clearly corporations with a large presence in a foreign country will have a decidedly different view of US hegemony and imperialism than Washington. Retrieved from ” https: Just hours before Prince’s testimony, CNN reported that the state department’s blacmwater report on the shooting was drafted by a Blackwater contractor, Darren Hanner.
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Arguably, he also dismisses too lightly Blackwater’s growing self-image as the respectable heir to a long and honorable tradition of contract soldiering. It is one thing to have a strong opinion, but quite another to let that brilliant idea cloud your judgment and from his style, I am r I’d quite like to like this book.
There is something deeply perverse about the privatization of the Iraq War and the utilization of mercenaries. These people are low-life, pure and simple. View all 3 comments.
Open Preview See a Problem? Blacwater Disc – I picked up this book hoping it would provide some good basic information about Blackwater, with the understanding from the dust jacket that it likely would reach certain ultimate conclusions I might not agree with. As a past member of the USMC, I believe the privatization of the military to be a cancer on the real military and it should be exterminated post haste.
Not surprisingly, Prince said he supported the continuation of Order 17 in Iraq, the Bremer-era decree giving organisations such as Blackwater immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts.
Jeremy Scahill details the story without making this book a direct personal condemnation of his subject. Covers Missing – Blackwater 3 15 Dec 31, Classic muckraking on the mercenary, military contractor, “peace and security” industry, focusing on Blackwater’s story in particular.
There are tasks that only the military should be doing, but supporting the military can been done better and cheaper utilizing private services.
Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army
But he’s better at the small-scale stuff the story of how a bunch of Chilean Blackwater recruits ended up fighting an American war in Iraq, for instance than he is at the big-picture cont A good book scaholl subject matter that raises a lot of questions, but Scahill doesn’t always do a blackwarer job of answering them.
The New York Times. Nov 16, Valerie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I was also disturbed by the political lobbying to overturn South Africa’s restrictions on its Nationals participating in private armies and the situation in Darfur. Nov 08, Phil Smith rated it liked it. The amount of connections Blackwater specifically has with curious, secretive government initiatives such as the readying of military bases all along bpackwater Caspian border countries should get anyone’s inner conspiracy theorist buzzing.
However, there are problems when it comes to that. The author makes the point that guns were on the ground long before humanitarian aid was deployed.
He’s brilliant, he obviously knows what’s going on in the world, he’s a blacckwater investigative journalist, a crusader for the truth, and I sincerely applaud him for what he does. But, even though it took foreve Seemed to run out of steam toward the end when it shifted from recounting of major events to personnel profiles.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I thought about this a lot during this book — I also thought that the people who set up Blackwater are fundamentalist Christians and I thought it might be a good thing to say something along the lines that when people who have very strict moral standards are confronted with people who have different moral standards the first group of people often tend to do incredibly nasty things to the second group of people if they can get away schill it.