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State Dept. May Phase Out Blackwater

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department may phase out or limit the use of private security guards in Iraq, which could mean canceling Blackwater USA’s contract or awarding it to another company in line with an Iraqi government demand, The Associated Press has learned.

Such steps would be difficult given U.S. reliance on Blackwater and other contractors, but they are among options being studied during a comprehensive review of security in Iraq, two senior officials said.

The review was ordered after a Sept. 16 incident in which Blackwater guards protecting a U.S. Embassy convoy in Baghdad are accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians.

The shooting has enraged the Iraqi government, which is demanding millions in compensation for the victims and removal of Blackwater in six months. It also has focused attention on the nebulous rules governing private guards and added to the Bush administration’s problems in managing the war in Iraq.

About the time the 1st high ranking U.S. diplomat or political official is killed, the State Department is going to tell Iraq to go straight to hell and we’ll have Blackwater USA back in business, in full swing, doing the job they were hired to do…

I still ask this question and still no one has even made a comment to answer it, how many U.S. or foreign officials have been killed in Iraq while being protected by Blackwater USA??

So far, NONE, and the U.S. government had better wake the hell up and grow a set, tell Iraq that we WILL guard our officials and protect them from ALL threats, to the very best of our ability, and if Iraq doesn’t like it, SCREW em, bring all of our folks home and let Iraq take care of itself…

_Changes to the rules of engagement under which State Department security contractors operate, particularly for approaching suspicious vehicles, which is at the crux of the Sept. 16 incident. Blackwater insists its guards were fired upon, although Iraqi witnesses and the Iraqi government maintain the guards opened fire with no provocation when a vehicle got too close.

That’s right, you dumbasses in Mr. Bush’s State Dept. just go ahead and let this happen, a car bomb or an RPG attack or 2 will change your minds in a big hurry…

_Whether Blackwater’s secretive corporate culture, reputed to have encouraged a “cowboy-like mentality,” has led to its employees being more likely to violate or stretch the existing rules than those of the two other private security firms, Dyncorp and Triple Canopy, the State Department uses in Iraq.

And again I ask, how many folks has Blackwater USA lost on their watch??

_Whether it’s feasible to eliminate or drastically curtail the use of private foreign contractors to protect U.S. diplomats in Iraq. And, if so, how to replace them.

How to replace them?? You can’t, our soldiers are already saddled with all they can do, they don’t have the time to take on diplomatic guard duty, and even if they did, the ROE’s that they operate under don’t allow them to do anything more than wait until fired upon before they can engage their attackers, well, let me tell you something folks, if you have a high ranking diplomat or some other precious cargo to protect, and you WAIT to engage, it may very well be too damned late…

Iraqis demand answers for deaths

It’s apparent, to me at least, we NEED a company like Blackwater USA doing the job it’s doing, and if this job is done right, people are going to die if they appear to be a threat to the protected client, and if they don’t die, and the client does, the security firm hasn’t done the job correctly and their reputation and credibility just went out the window…  

Iraqis demand answers?? It is a KNOWN FACT in Iraq, a widely known and highly publicized FACT, stay back from escorted convoys, especially diplomatic ones, because you WILL be fired upon, these people broke the rules, and they were fired upon, the contractors DID their job…

Just how damned stupid are the folks in the White House and State Dept. now a days?? A dead Ambassador or Senator, or a few dead Congressman on fact finding missions and there will be a revision of plans, bet on it, a few of those guys end up dead, hell, not even dead, just let there be a close call because of the PCness that runs rampant in our government, the tune will begin to change…

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Knowing the Enemy Difficult in Iraq

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

PATROL BASE HAWKS, Iraq (AP) - When U.S. sentries fatally shot three guards near an Iraqi-manned checkpoint south of Baghdad, they thought they were targeting enemy fighters planting roadside bombs, according to the American commander of the region.

The shootings, which are still under investigation, underscore a new dilemma facing U.S. troops as former fighters join forces against extremists and Iraqis are increasingly forced to take up arms to protect themselves - how does one distinguish them from the enemy?

The U.S. military said the American troops shot the three civilians Thursday near a checkpoint manned by local members of a U.S.-allied group helping provide security in the village of Abu Lukah, near Musayyib, a Shiite-dominated town 40 miles south of Baghdad.

Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division that controls territory south of Baghdad, stressed the investigation was continuing but said initial results showed that U.S. troops fired on the checkpoint after spotting what appeared to be enemy forces planting roadside bombs.

If the truth were told, our guys may have very well BEEN targeting enemy fighters planting roadside bombs, Iraqi forces are so infiltrated that absolutely nothing is out of the question, and THAT is the exact way the Sec. of State needs to be looking at it too, concerning Blackwater USA and their recent problems, this is an enemy that is NOT wearing uniforms, and in some cases, if they are in a uniform, it’s simply because they are a paid member of Iraqi security forces and have managed to pull off a successful infiltration…

If they can’t be put into some kind of highly recognizable uniform it’s going to be almost impossible to distinguish them from insurgents, and this is NOT mean to sound as racist as it is going to sound but to combat troops, they all look alike in civvies…

The comments reflect rising concerns about possible friendly fire killings that could threaten to undermine the U.S. strategy of seeking alliances with local Sunni and Shiite leaders to fill the vacuum left by a national police force that has been plagued by corruption allegations and infiltration by militants.

Incidents of shooting of civilians at checkpoints has drawn allegations by many, in Iraq and beyond, that U.S. troops and contractors are quick to fire and ask question later.

Such criticism was widespread after the March 2005 fatal shooting of an Italian intelligence officer at a checkpoint near Baghdad airport. The officer was traveling at night shortly after securing the release of a kidnapped Italian reporter, who was wounded along with an Italian driver when a U.S. soldier opened fire. The U.S. military has said the soldier acted appropriately in the incident.

I happened to have known some of the soldiers that were in the same unit as the troops that fired on the Italian Intelligence officer, and you betcha, our troops did exactly the right thing, it’s regrettable they guy was killed but he made a bone head move in a combat zone, and that type of bone head move, or something similar, more often than not, generally gets someone hurt or killed in a war zone, that’s the facts of life and if the people that are criticizing our troops and the private security forces of being trigger happy took the time to actually be ON the trigger and not just the keyboard, they might see life in a combat zone a lot differently…

After the Abu Lukah shooting, the so-called North of Hillah Awakening Council staged a three-day strike to register its anger over the loss of three of its members, but guards resumed their posts on Sunday.

“Such acts will create a gap between us and the Americans. We are trying to restore security in the area while the Americans are killing us,” Nabil Saleh, 37, said as he stood with his AK-47 slung over his shoulder at his post in Abu Lukah.

You betcha, it’s the AMERICANS fault, it’s always the Americans fault, we’re just blasting the hell out of every Iraqi we see, sure, that’s what our goal is, look, I know there are some bitter feelings on the Iraqis part over their 3 guys getting killed but our guys are NOT committing wholesale murder or atrocities, it’s just not happening that way, and there are gaps between these people and our troops, a day or 2 before this happened those guys were very likely trying to KILL our troops, and even now I am highly suspect of their intentions, and I am NOT the only one that is…

Capt. John Newman, 31, of Columbus, Ga., said the soldiers believe they can discern volunteers from the insurgents.

“We’ve given them their road guard vests,” Newman said. “So, he’d better be wearing that vest if I see him carrying an AK-47.”

Be careful Captain, you’ll incur the wrath of the Bush administration if you actually go out there and do your job, they aren’t taking too kindly to Iraqis getting killed lately, even if they ARE carrying rifles and firing on our troops or private contractors…

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U.S.: 25 killed in Iraq gunfight

Friday, October 5th, 2007
U.S.: 25 Iran-backed Shiite fighters die in raid

Iraqi officials say civilians are among the dead 

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces, backed by aircraft, killed at least 25 Shiite militia fighters north of Baghdad Friday in an operation targeting a cell accused of smuggling weapons from Iran, the military said.

Iraqi officials, however, said American bombs killed civilians who rushed to help those injured in the initial airstrike and said the only ones armed in the neighborhood were locals trying to organize themselves against al-Qaida.

Three U.S. soldiers were killed in roadside bombings Friday — two in southeastern Baghdad and one in Salahuddin province north of the capital, the military said. The military also reported the death of a soldier shot Thursday in a southern section of Baghdad used by al-Qaida cells.

The new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen met Iraq’s prime minister on a visit to Baghdad on Friday and urged Iraqis to seize the opportunity of improved security.

“I see a tremendous amount of change and progress since I was here before,” Mullen told reporters after discussions with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the Iraqi capital. “But we still face significant challenges in progress and security.”

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OK, let me get this straight, U.S. forces got into a gunfight with hostile forces in Iraq, U.S. forces did exactly what they were supposed to do, they fired on and killed 25 of them, but according to Iraqi sources, “American bombs killed civilians who rushed to help those injured in the initial airstrike and said the only ones armed in the neighborhood were locals trying to organize themselves against al-Qaida.”…

According to Iraqi sources?? There’s some reputable sourcing huh?? Well, what the hell, Iraqi sources are good enough I guess, their accusations against Blackwater USA have been all that was needed for the Sec. of State, Rice Issues New Rules for Blackwater USA so, can we only guess that in an attempt to appease the goddamned Iraqis that now we’ll have U.S. troops on camera during their every move??

Can we expect there to be a huge outcry from the wimpy-assed left as they call for JUSTICE for the 25 or so innocent Iraqis that ran out to rescue their buddies during an active gunfight??

Would it also be a fair assumption to suppose that the Congress will begin immediate investigations into the 25 uncalled for deaths of some dumbasses that thought they were bullet proof and the U.S. troops that violated their sanctity??

C’mon people, wake up, Iraq isn’t a playground, our troops get shot at every day, and if they have good sense, they shoot back, and when they do, people die, and in a war sometimes civilians die, that tends to happen when you’re conducting urban warfare operations, civilians get the shitty end of the stick, it really sucks, but that’s life in a combat zone…

I don’t anymore buy the story that the Iraqis are reporting on this than I do their accusations against Blackwater USA contractors, but I do have a suggestion that may change the minds of the Iraqis doing the loudest complaining, we can pull ALL U.S. forces and BW USA personnel OUT of Iraq and we can let the Iraqis take care of Iraq all by themselves for a while, they think there’s a lot of innocent civilians being killed now?? They ain’t seen nothing yet!

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Blackwater rescues Polish ambassador after assassination attempt

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Elite Blackwater security men rescued Poland’s ambassador to Iraq after a deadly terrorist attack trapped the NATO diplomat near the Polish embassy in Baghdad.

Click here to see a EuroNews video of the Blackwater extraction.

Initial reports conflict or contain different details, but the Associated Press reports that three bombs exploded near or under the convoy of Polish Ambassador Edward Pietrzyk, destroying three armored vehicles and setting the ambassador’s car afire. The terrorists then shot at the vehicles in what appeared to be a well-planned attack in one of Baghdad’s safest neighborhoods.

At least 10 people were wounded, in the October 3 incident, including four members of Pietrzyk’s Polish security detail, according to early reports. One of the ambassador’s security guards died of his wounds. Polish guards reportedly wounded an Iraqi taxi driver when they returned fire.

The American Embassy dispatched a Blackwater helicopter team to save Ambassador Pietrzyk and his people. Reuters also shows the Blackwater rescue in a video report, but does not credit the company. The above photo is of a Blackwater “Little Bird” similar to the craft used in the rescue.

Readers of the Washington Post would have no idea the incident even occurred. Today’s paper has a headline splashed across the top of the front page with a heartbreaking story about people who died in the September 16 incident in Baghdad. Buried back on page 16 is a three-paragraph item about the ambassador being attacked, but not a word about the rescuers. Kind of telling for a newspaper that has invested so many resources into reporting negatively about Blackwater.

Blackwater rescues Polish ambassador after assassination attempt

I have taken this directly from the site, Blackwater Facts, I didn’t know this site existed until today when another of my GREAT blogging buddies, Longstreet over at INSIGHT on Freedom sent me an email about them, Longstreet and I are both ardent supporters of Blackwater USA and their efforts in Iraq…

I am seriously of the opinion that there is a witch hunt underway and Blackwater USA is being branded as the witch, but here’s a word of advice to those wishing to castigate Blackwater USA, be very careful what you wish for, Blackwater USA and their associated managers and founder are NOT stupid, they may have facts, figures, times, dates, names and pics that you may wish had never been brought to light, I have no knowledge of those items but I am very familiar with folks in this type of business and there are always contingency plans, there has to be, there must be…

And for some reason, the MSM isn’t covering this particular story of Blackwater USA heroism, other than a segment on FOX News with Bill Hemmer just now, the majority of the MSM is pretty much ignoring the fact that there would quite likely have been a dead Polish diplomat had Blackwater USA not gone in and pulled the guy out…

To the guys at Blackwater USA, keep up the good work folks, you’re top shelf in MY book, and to the folks at Blackwater Facts, I am glad I found you, keep up YOUR good work as well, it is needed and I am sure it is appreciated, at least by some folks…

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