Winning Hearts and Minds: Blackwater Style

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Tomorrow, Blackwater will be asked to explain why they killed 11 Iraqi civilians last month. They will also be asked to explain why they have been involved in 195 such incidents since 2005 and why in 94% of those cases they shot first. State Department rules say Blackwater’s actions should be defensive rather than offensive.

In addition to questioning Blackwater, Henry Waxman’s Senate Committee will be slamming the State Department for the miserable oversight job they doing.merc.jpg

Waxman criticized the State Department’s handling of several incidents involving Blackwater and accused it of trying to get the contractor to pay off victims’ families rather than investigate.

“It appears that the State Department’s primary response was to ask Blackwater to make monetary payments to put the ‘matter behind us’ rather than to insist upon accountability or to investigate Blackwater personnel for potential criminal liability,” said the memorandum.

On December 24, 2006, a security guard for Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi was killed in cold blood by a drunken Blackwater contractor, who was then flown quickly out of the country.

The State Department’s charge d’affaires recommended Blackwater make a “sizeable payment” and an “apology.” Waxman noted the State Department’s diplomatic security said that was too much and eventually Blackwater agreed on a $15,000 payment.

Let’s see. OJ is ordered to pay $30 million for killing his ex. Blackwater thinks 15 grand is a little steep for just killing an Iraqi. Sounds about right to me. Besides, their guy was drunk. He didn’t really know what he was doing.

In another incident where Blackwater shooters killed an innocent Iraqi, Waxman said the State Department requested only a $5,000 payment to “put this unfortunate matter behind us quickly.”

Unfortunate. That’s the understatement of the decade.

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