Bush and Blackwater (9/23/07)

Clinton was plagued by Whitewater, why not Bush by Blackwater? See: “U.S. Repeatedly Rebuffed Iraq on Blackwater Complaints,” Sudarsan Raghavan and Steve Fainaru, The Washington Post.

Senior Iraqi officials repeatedly complained to U.S. officials about Blackwater USA’s alleged involvement in the deaths of numerous Iraqis, but the Americans took little action to regulate the private security firm until 11 Iraqis were shot dead last Sunday, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.

See Truthdig’s March 30, 2007 interview with Jeremy Scahill about his book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, privatization in America and abroad, and our dysfunctional democracy.

Update: Scahill also has an essay in the upcoming Nation, “Making a Killing.”

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