American Mercenaries.

by Daniel Russ on April 17, 2010


This has been a good Friday. First of all Goldman Sachs is being sued for fraud but this being a military culture technology and history blog, we will go to the second piece of news.

And that is that finally the Justice Department is bringing charges that they committed firearms violations and are involved in what might be term indiscriminate killing of innocents.

They thought that changing their name to Xe would “rebrand” them. Like when Phillip Morris became Altria, somehow that would make them less deleterious to smokers. The move was insubstantial and utterly transparent in its intended consequences, to somehow make all these past indiscretions disappear.

This brings me to one of my bete noires. And that is the migration of US Army and Navy and marine personnel into more expensive private services. Folks if the $22,000.00 a year Marine cannot keep us safe, and we need to hire mercenary forces, then perhaps we need to bolster the Marines. If we have to hire $150,000.00 a year soldiers then we have one of the most ineeficient and expensive armies around.

The idea that private mercenaries are better trained than US Marines is utter bullshit. They are just better paid. Even the ones who spent time in SOCOM are no better than the ones being paid by the government, they are only more expensive. Not only that but Blackw…er..Xe…didn’t train the soldiers they are commandeering, taxpayers trained them, I guess so they could go enrich Dick Cheney’s friends. These private security guards were also exempted from purview of the military thanks to Bush and Cheney.

All these groups with shadowing connections to the Bush administration have added not one iota of comfort or safety to the US.

It’s time for them to go.


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Corsair8X April 20, 2010 at 9:31 am

They won’t be going anywhere because they are an international and old phenomenon. These companies have been around for some time, mostly British in origin.

I would argue that in blackwater’s case they served to make things even more unsafe. It was sheer incompetence that allowed those four blackwater employees to be killed and torn apart in the streets of Falluja. That then led to two giant offensives in the city and the brutality of house to house fighting I think helped shape the conflict that Iraq became.

Then there was their wild shooting in Kabul during an attempted assassination that left a bunch of civilians dead.

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