The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
This world needs mercenaries. If only they were cheaper and maybe had an ethical code...
I do not oppose the existence of private security contractors. However, their missions need to be clearly defined and they need to be subjected to the Laws of Land Warfare, the Geneva Convention and Theater-specific Rules of Engagement, which they are not. I do believe there is a place for them; primarily because they take the burden of the military for some menial tasks that we would rather not do, nor have to manpower to do. If a squad of Blackwater guys can escort an Iraqi politician around, then that alleviates a Platoon of American GIs to do the same task. However, these Blackwater guys can't go shooting up town. They should have to fall under a U.S. command element that tracks their movement; not to mention have constant communications with said HQ. I am also not opposed to security contractors training the Iraqi military and police, as long as the training is planned and supervised by U.S. and Iraqi military personnel.
Security contractors have a place on the battlefield; but as I stated before, not in the capacity that we've allowed.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I don't have an issue with contractors as long as they are not no-bid contracts and follow the military's rules and regulations in the warzone.I have issues with all this contracting out anyway. The govt is slowly coming to the conclusion that all this contracting out was a big mistake.
Bush gave the security contract to Blackwater because Eric Prince was a "Christian", and Bush trusted him. No vetting, no investigation, just a gut decision, and now we are left with this. Just one more legacy of the worst president America will ever have.
Blackwater is by no means the only private security firm in Iraq and AFG. There are many...they have just done enough shady stuff to become high profile and now everyone associates all private security firms with Blackwater. It started when the Blackwater guys were killed and their bodies burned in Fallujah. I think BW has been serving retrobution ever since, which of course causes great problems for military units in Iraq that have to answer for their shenanigans.