March 18, 2009
Obama disses Blackwater – then Renews their Contract
By Josh Mitteldorf
President Obama recently announced his withdrawal of support for Blackwater, the private military contractor that operated parallel to the US Army in Iraq, but outside the controls and responsibilities imposed by a chain of command. Blackwater earned the hatred of the Iraqi people, and the Iraqi government has asked Blackwater to leave.
Blackwater changed its name to Xe last month in response to the problems that its reputation is developing all over the world, but especially in Iraq.
But on Tuesday, it was reported that the Administration renewed one of Blackwater’s contracts – $67 million to keep them in Iraq through September.
The Bush Administration famously took its preference for contractors over government employeesto extremes, replacing military personnel with private mercenaries, at great cost to the government. Blackwater contractors are not subject to the legal or ethical constraints of members of the US military.
Why is Obama quietly continuing one more failed Bush policy, after loudly announcing he would change it?
Author’s Bio: Josh Mitteldorf, a senior editor at OpEdNews, was educated to be an astrophysicist, and has branched out from there to mathematical modeling in a variety of areas. He has taught mathematics, statistics, and physics at several universities. He is an avid amateur pianist, and father of two adopted Chinese girls. This year, his affiliation is with the University of Arizona, where he studies the evolution of aging.