So much for the myth of Iraqi sovereignty. The U.S. State Department is renewing its contract with Blackwater USA. This is being done despite demands by Iraq's government that these cowboy mercenaries be banished from their country. We now know exactly how much sovereignty Iraq has: none. We call the shots there, quite literally from the barrels of our guns. The Blackwater private soldiers do this frequently killing Iraqi civilians for sport.
The larger issue here is the privatization of government. In this case we have privatized much of our military infrastructure. Almost all traditional logistical and support services have been privatized. These contractors and their companies are above the law, there is little or no legal accountability for them in Iraq, and no justice for victims. These war profiteers are receiving no bid contracts, there is no auditing or prosecution of them for fraud, employees are being raped with no consequences, and there is nothing the Iraqi government can do about the abuses to their citizens. See, in reality they have no sovereignty. They do not control their own country, they are not a real nation. They are what we allow them to be.
Blackwater is merely a symptom of larger problems, bigger issues. GI's no longer peel potatoes, do laundry, drive trucks or make their own camps. This is all privatized and done, for profit, with your tax dollars. The corporations getting this work all contribute generously, surprise, surprise, to Republicans who privatized the work to their corporations. It's a very cozy relationship. The profits get recycled into dividends to people like Dick Cheney who try and start more wars for more profits, into more campaign contributions to Republicans in Congress and the White House who award more war profiteering contracts, into more corrupt payoffs to the likes of Duke Cunningham, into everything but veteran benefits for our returning wounded or armor for their vehicles.
Meanwhile Blackwater was allowed to roam Baghdad's streets gleefully slaughtering Iraqi civilians who got in their way. This is what has been fueling the rebellion against our occupation and resulting in more American GI's being killed and wounded. The end result? Renew their contract.