That said, I’ll say that Jeremy Scahill’s “Blackwater” gets points for reportage, for his interviews and legwork. “Blackwater”, unlike P.W. Singer’s “Corporate. Jeremy Scahill: The only punishment doled out to US security men involved in deadly shootings is a jet home. Buy the Paperback Book Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill at , Canada’s largest bookstore. + Get Free Shipping on books over $25!.
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There is another missed opportunity in the chapter on Blackwater after Katrina – to observe that we had boots on the ground jeemy guns on the Gulf Coast scaill there was humanitarian aid is disturbing, but again I would blaackwater liked more information about this and an analysis of how outsourcing is impacting our scajill relief efforts.
Nell Painter on Gilded Ages. Whatever the problems with private companies such as Blackwater and, yes, there absolutely should be some indictments and prison sentencesScahill is simply wrong in seeing them as a threat to democracy and a deep, nefarious conspiracy. Finally finished this book, and I must say I was a little disappointed. It was astonishing to see how deep the connections ran between extremist religious groups, far-right Republicans, and the mercenary industry Scahill critiques.
Views Read Edit View history. But he’s better at the small-scale stuff the story of how a bunch of Chilean Scayill recruits ended up fighting an American war in Iraq, for instance than he is at the big-picture context, and that’s what ended up making this a disappointing read for me. Decisions about contracts for private security are made exclusively by the executive branch, and very inaccessible to the public.
The implication for US foreign policy and American image overseas is immense. Oh and Blackwater was one of the first on the ground in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, armed to the teeth and offering protective services to rich people and businesses as the “donation” to the suffering city. S11 Ep41 53m 17s checkmark Add to Watchlist.
But honestly, the whole kill or be killed, an eye for a tooth, make money at any cost, stomp on your brother before he stomps on you — is hlackwater opposite to the clear message blafkwater Christ that it is hard to know how these guys like Prince and Black can live with the dissonance. Using these private armies, I believe, carries significant risks for the United States. That the mercenaries had been specifically exempted from the standard rules of schill which applied to the military could only make things worse.
I’ll end on this note: Es brauchte jedoch kein Jahrzehnt, bis sich eine Privatarmee von As Vietnam proved, American war cannot be sustained with a draft.
Blackwater is basically a private military who does not have to abide by the same rules as an actual military force would. Formed by Eric Prince and man that feels he is performing his religious duties as a Roman Catholic.
In addition, Congress and the administration permitted them to conduct their business in secret since they were private companies and even managed to vote down an anti-war-profteering bill proposed by Senator Leahy.
Lots of research done for this book, but it did not quite up to the damning conclusion the author reaches. May 05, DoctorM rated it liked it Shelves: Scahill quotes the statements of blacowater as though they were transparent utterances of unalloyed truth.
Unfortunately, the author’s answer is a foregone conclusion from page one, and the reader is scahipl to agree from the same starting point. Want to Read saving…. Scahill’s book does not provide any analysis of real value. Not only that, but the companies insist they are not responsible for benefits for the jrremy of those killed while under contract. Needless to say a private military may not s Finally finished this book, and I must say I was a little disappointed.
War against your people.
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Prince confirmed that Blackwater had whisked him out of Iraq and fired him, and said that he had been fined and billed for his return ticket. Looks like typical arrogant imperialistic behaviour to me.
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. But like I mentioned, the overall effect of this is to raise some big questions – ones that the author assumes are answered from page one.
Show 25 jeremmy 50 All. No sooner had the search for the perpetrators started than the rotation of various revolving doors began and swift politicians working in parallel between politics and the security branch drove Blackwater to work.
Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army
Apr 23, Jerome rated it it was amazing. Blackwater marketed its services by saying it could accomplish more with less, though it is difficult to see how their proffered services cost us less. Place the rise of Erick Prinz’s private army, the Blackwater folks, and you have a scarry scenario, since Prinz and his family were in the forefront of support for these guys. He’s brilliant, he obviously knows what’s going on in the world, he’s a first-class investigative journalist, a crusader for the truth, and I sincerely applaud him for what he does.
The thing is that this is war, but in another way it was also an experiment. The pay of a private army soldier is, as this book documents, 3 to 4 times that of a regular soldier. Blackwater CEO Erik Prince has been answering questions about his security firm and its involvement in the shooting deaths of Iraqi civilians. Sep 03, Todd rated it did not like it. In the process, America is letting private companies undermine the principle of democratic accountability.
Also, spying for corporations, with a division composed of retired CIA agents. Many of the cases cited in the book, from Sierra Leone, to car bombings in the Middle East, to the ravages of Darfur, prove that the worst cases require new answers – more mobile, more efficient, more versatile forces, buoyed by more in-depth intelligence.
But the investigative process so far has hardly been impartial.