Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Iraq has banned the Blackwater Security Company. Blackwater, like other private security firms, are not held to any of the particulars that order combat conducted by the military. So in essence they can shoot first and ask questions later. Part of the U.S. military strategy has been to lean on these firms so that the Administration can limit its political exposure by not having as many troops on the ground. Even with this backdoor troop augmentation there have clearly been an inadequate number of troops to stabilize the country. I think this will exacerbate matters. That said, it does show that the Iraqi government is showing some autonomy. Whatever, it's all a mess.