Monday, October 01, 2007

Blackwater: Poised for hero status?

My talking $5 bill says that a Hollywood film will be made about the bravery of the Blackwater contractors in Iraq. Here's a snippet from Reuters today:

"A report prepared by the staff of committee chair Rep. Henry Waxman, released details from Blackwater's own reports of multiple incidents involving Iraqi casualties and said in most instances Blackwater fired first.

"The memorandum also slammed the State Department's oversight of Blackwater and said it was often more interested in getting the company to pay off victims' families and 'put the matter behind us' than in investigating what happened.

"It listed 195 shooting incidents from the start of 2005 until September 12 of this year, an average of 1.4 per week. Of those, there were 16 Iraqi casualties and 162 cases with property damage, the California Democrat said. He did not specify if there were fatalities."

I totally expect Blackwater to be lionized as American heroes. Whether they deserve it or not will likely never be known.

Also, kudos to Waxman for pressing the State Department on their policies.

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