A few thoughts and thank you videos from the Iraqis to Obama and all those who continue to parrot his words; “we’re out of Iraq.”
The first video, identified as “Baghdad, Iraq, May–September 2005,” showed Blackwater convoys racing through town. Suddenly, the door of a Blackwater SUV opened and a rifle fired at passing traffic. “They opened the door,” my companion said. “You should never break the seal.”
The next tape had been taken by a camera in the turret of an armored vehicle. An M4A1 fired from the turret at cars that had stopped to let the convoy pass. Whoever was firing the gun did so enthusiastically and often, sending rounds into parked cars and an overhead bridge. Another sequence showed a contractor vehicle rear-ending a car, shattering its back windshield.
The footage continued. A Humvee smashed into a car to move it out of the way. Guards swore at passersby. More armored vehicles smashed into civilian cars.
Blackwater helicopters shoot at targets below in a Baghdad street.
Driving along a wide boulevard in Baghdad, the lead vehicle swerved close to the curb of a traffic island. A woman in a black full-length burka began to cross the street. The vehicle struck the woman and knocked her unconscious body into the gutter. The cars slowed for a moment, but did not stop, nor did they even determine whether the victim was dead or alive. A voice in the car taking the video said, “Oh, my God!” Yet no one was heard on the radio requesting help for her. Most sickeningly, the sequence had been set to an AC/DC song, whose pounding, metallic chorus declared: “You’ve been… thunderstruck!”
Harper’s Magazine http://harpers.org/archive/2012/04/hbc-90008515
Well these are ancient videos and Blackwater is no longer you say? Blackwater met its demise? Well, if you think that’s fact, here’s a reality check for you; Blackwater, after its “run-in with the law” over its behavior in Iraq
did what many U.S. corporations do after they’ve been “outed by the law,” and assumed a new identity known as Xe and appointed John Ashcroft as their “Ethics Watchdog.” As we know all too well a single reboot is often inadequate and since many saw through this farce for what it was, they’ve once again rebranded as Academi and to get their business back to the main stream acceptance as murderers for hire, they quietly bought another security firm, International Development Solutions, and took over its State Department’s $10 billion World Protective Services contract, from which their predecessor Blackwater was removed years ago.
So, we’ve gone full circle, from King George II and Blackwater to Obama and Academi; the names have all been changed to protect kill the innocent and to fool the public, but make no mistake, their mission remains the same and Obama can no longer continue to use his favored phrase “this was brought about by the previous administration.”
America is out of Iraq? Hardly! We went there to stay and we’ll do so by invasion or by contract and Barack Obama and his band of merry mercenaries are leading the way, from Iraq to Afghanistan to Iran, to Syria to Egypt. But! It’s those dirty little mercenaries doing that, not the current administration. Right?
In this case, the matter is most definitely not “Academic” rather it is Academi.