Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nation, offers a hard-left perspective on Blackwater USA, the self-described private military contractor and. Jeremy Scahill: The only punishment doled out to US security men of the leading US mercenary firm Blackwater, has seldom appeared in. Review: Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Scahill demonstrates the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to a.

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A volunteer army such as scwhill have now, created with promises of career training, free education and other benefits is little short of a mercenary army, though the soldiers still wear the U. As American civilian tactics of shock therapy caused civil order in Iraq to collapse, the number of security-guarded security companies and their associates increased steadily until it settled into a 1: Many of the cases cited in the book, from Sierra Leone, to car bombings in the Middle East, to the ravages of Darfur, prove that the worst cases require new answers – sahill mobile, more efficient, more versatile forces, buoyed by more in-depth intelligence.

Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. Jan 09, Caitlin rated it liked it Shelves: This was frustrating, and this book did not answer my questions, merely emphasizing them. Published March 8th by Nation Books first published Scahill centers his work around the event that transfixed the world and brought awareness of Blackwater to the fore for those of us not immediately engaged in military operations.

Even great men are allowed a moment of weakness, I guess. One thing about war is that the country is supposed to feel the consequences of it. They have a vested interest in destabilizing the situation in Iraq, more violence, more need for security, more contractors, more violence, the cycle goes on.

Most are transport and logistics personnel. So I dislike seeing “mercenary” always used as a pejorative.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. The pay of a private army soldier is, as this book documents, 3 to scaihll times that of a regular soldier. At the hearing Prince boldly declared that in Iraq his men have acted “appropriately at all times” and appeared to deny that the company had ever killed innocent civilians, only acknowledging that some may have died as a result of “ricochets” and blckwater accidents”.


It seems appropriate somehow that Bush was more concerned with property than with residents. Jeremy Scahill details the story without making this book a direct personal condemnation of his subject.

Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. With the building of ever more massive mercenary armies Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. That’s the US government’s job. The growth of Blackwater was exponential during the years of a Republican government and was not curbed enough under a Democratic president. It looked like an inside job set up to me when I first saw the incident in the news a few years back and now I am even more convinced.

While Scahill claims he requested interviews with Erik Prince and other Blackwater executives and was refused any such interviews, this is about as close to approaching the entire matter as in a non-biased manner as Scahill comes.

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Sep 13, Mariella rated it really liked it. In Prince’s prepared testimony, he said that people should wait for the results of the investigation – originally handled by the state department – “for a complete understanding of that event”.

Finally finished this book, and I must say I was a little disappointed. The New York Times. The biggest concern I blacwkater after reading this book is that the United States government had ceded foreign policy to a corporate entity. The feeling I go is that religion is okay in a s This book is full of double standards and petty fault finding.

Lastly, I found myself wishing Scahill was a business reporter – I think there’s a big story in where the money is coming from and where it’s going and I don’t think this is explored well. Plus Bush was on the campaign trail so this would fire up all the dumb rednecks in the States and they needed this as propaganda to justify going full bore into Fallujah. It did not take a decade, however, until a private army of 50, men emerged. The other thing is that the government makes its money through taxation, and in many cases it seems that this is little more than a shifting of wealth from the poor and middle classes to the wealthy elite.


Ultimately, Blackwater and its less familiar counterparts thrive not because of a neoconservative conspiracy against democracy, as Scahill claims, but because they provide relatively low-cost alternatives in high-budget environments and flexibility at a time when war is increasingly protean.

He just hasn’t been able to get beyond his need to Find the Bad Guys. The privatization of the US military initiated by Rumsfeld and Cheney et al has created a huge opportunity for private security companies like BW to flourish, at the expense of chaos, violence and a huge human cost.

There is something deeply perverse about the privatization of the Iraq War and the utilization of mercenaries. It is the recipe for endless war in the commercialization of combat and the completion of the vision of religious conservatives such as Chuck Prince that the U.

The nation will not be aroused in opposition if such people are killed or injured and may not even be aware of it as casualties become “proprietary information”. Scahill pretends that Prince’s Christian “connections” and scahull have serious implications, but he never bothers to explain what those implications are.

Oh yeah, the same incentive that our current government has–none, to be exact. As Vietnam proved, American war cannot be sustained with a draft. Third, the title of the book is about Blackwater, but many of the chapters are quite irrelevant. That running story points out how expendable these contractors are to the company.

And yes, not surprisingly they cost far less than trained combat soldiers. I can only imagine the garbage a book about Blackwater would be if it had been written by a Neo-Con Republican. The capitalist looks for opportunity.

Still, it’s well researched, dives deep into many of the questions at play, and should be read as a means of provoking discussion on an important topic. So, thank you Mr.