Friday, September 21, 2007

Dang it!

I totally predicted this, but neglected to mention it on the blog for posterity. Of course, I hadn't read Barnett for a couple of days, and HE predicted it...sheesh...

Bottom line is that Blackwater performs way too many day-to-day tasks to be cut off just like that. I don't think there are hard numbers on this, but there are between 20K and 100K security contractors in Iraq, and Blackwater is the biggest dog in the yard, so their percentage of these forces is high. I'd have to re-read Pelton's excellent book License to Kill, but I believe the average "contract" is very short in length, so if a contractor wanted to stay on in Iraq, they could switch to a different company.

Blackwater is also in the middle of a 5-year, billion-dollar contract to provide security for US officials in Iraq, and handing this massive contract off to another company could be a logistical nightmare resulting in the death of American and Iraqi VIPs.

1 comment:

Sean said...

doesn't count unless you call it ;-)