Iraq is the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time. American forces are now caught in the middle of a bloody religious civil war that has been brewing in one form or another for 1,300 years.Which would be just more of the same old same old, were it not for the scary bits that togodeon noted the Dark Evil of
A majority of Americans long ago concluded this war was a mistake from the start. It has incited new enemies, its goals cannot be achieved militarily and it is time to end it.
They are desperate for new leadership that won't just keep rearranging the deck chairs but will grab the wheel and steer us clear of the disaster lying ahead on the current course.
[ cf Time to pull troops out is now ]
Since the start of the Iraq war, tens of thousands of heavily-armed military contractors have been roaming the country -- without any law, or any court to control them. That may be about to change, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow P.W. Singer notes in a Defense Tech exclusive. Five words, slipped into a Pentagon budget bill, could make all the difference. With them, "contractors 'get out of jail free' cards may have been torn to shreds," he writes. They're now subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the same set of laws that governs soldiers.which is interesting, that we finally got around to addressing this issue, how many years into winning, and the even more unpleasant problem, that we are facing the dual legal problem.
[ cf US military code will apply to contractors - and embed journos? ]
What if the iraqi's get serious about wanting to take the Blackwater Army to Court? Wouldn't that mean that the Iraqi's were just as willing to take any other faction of the US Military Complex to court, in Iraqi Courts....
Or hasn't the Iraqi Government been informed that under american law the american contractors, such as the Blackwater Army, is under UCMJ law, hence they are protected from persecution by ferrign devils.
OR is the really comical part here that with the loss of a license to practice their art and craft in Iraq, the return of the Blackwater Army IS the troop reduction that we have all been waiting for... So Suck It Up Welfare Queens that you were not on the high paying contract.... Next time folks will understand that if they want to go to war, they will need to have solid Union Card Contracts with respectable contracting firms, and not some welfare state hand outs.....
Or when the president was talking about a down sizing of forces, he already knew that he was going to be pulling out the Blackwater Army ahead of their being arrested and thrown into prison....