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    Blackwater: The Ideal Neocon Corporation

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    Blackwater: The Ideal Neocon Corporation

    Post by Lucid Memes on Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:12 pm

    Here's an old interview with Jeremy Scahill. An investigative journalist who has dedicated himself to exposing the corrupt policies that were implemented during the war on terror. In particular, the privatization of the US military in our current wars.

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    JEREMY SCAHILL: Blackwater is a company that began in 1996 as a private military training facility in—it was built near the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina. And visionary executives, all of them former Navy Seals or other Elite Special Forces people, envisioned it as a project that would take advantage of the anticipated government outsourcing.

    Well, here we are a decade later, and it’s the most powerful mercenary firm in the world. It has 20,000 soldiers on the ready, the world’s largest private military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, including helicopter gunships. It’s become nothing short of the Praetorian Guard for the Bush administration’s so-called global war on terror. And it’s headed by a very rightwing Christian activist, ex-Navy Seal named Erik Prince, whose family was one of the major bankrollers of the Republican Revolution of the 1990s. He, himself, is a significant funder of President Bush and his allies.

    And what they’ve done is they have built a very frightening empire near the Great Dismal Swamp in North Carolina. They’ve got about 2,300 men actively deployed around the world. They provide the security for the US diplomats in Iraq. They’ve guarded everyone, from Paul Bremer and John Negroponte to the current US ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad. They’re training troops in Afghanistan. They have been active in the Caspian Sea, where they set up a Special Forces base miles from the Iranian border. They really are the frontline in what the Bush administration viewed as a necessary revolution in military affairs. In fact, they represent the life’s work of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

    AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean, the “life’s work”?

    JEREMY SCAHILL: Well, Dick Cheney, when he was Defense Secretary under George H.W. Bush during the Gulf War, one of the last things he did before leaving office was to create an unprecedented lucrative market for the firm that he would go on to head, Halliburton. He commissioned [a] Halliburton [division] to do a study on how to privatize the military bureaucracy. That effectively created the groundwork for the absolute war profiteer bonanza that we’ve seen unfold in the aftermath of 9/11. I mean, Clinton was totally on board with all of this, but it has exploded since 9/11. And so, Cheney, after he left office, when the first Bush was the president, went on to work at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, which really led the push for privatization of the government, not just the military.

    And then, when these guys took office, Rumsfeld’s first real major address, delivered on September 10, 2001, he literally declared war on the Pentagon bureaucracy and said he had come to liberate the Pentagon. And what he meant by that—and he wrote this in an article in Foreign Affairs—was that governments, unlike companies, can’t die. He literally said that. So you have to figure out new incentives for competition, and Rumsfeld said that it should be run more like a corporation than a bureaucracy. And so, the company that most embodies that vision—and they call it a revolutionary in military affairs. It’s a total part of the Project for a New American Century and the neoconservative movement. The company that most embodies that is not Halliburton; it’s Blackwater.

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    And it (Blackwater) embodies everything that President Eisenhower prophesied would happen with the rise of an unchecked military-industrial complex. You have it all in Blackwater.

    This is something that's very important yet often overlooked. The agenda that all the US administrations for the past 30 years have been running for an economic agenda that seeks to deconstruct the US government is replace it with a more market-based/corporate economic system.

    But it's very important not to get confused and begin to think that when they speak of small-government or no-government interference, that these people are not actually in any way anarchists rebelling against the system. The only reason why they want to deconstruct the government is because they're the economic elite of the country, trying to repeal government regulations to remain tax free and unaccountable to public scrutiny. They're not anarchists at all but are more closer to corporate fascists. And Blackwater is a perfect example of a fascistic private army. Very similar to a dictator's praetorian guard.

    Now, this whole thing was more alarming under Bush, but Obama hasn't done anything to stop the corporatization of the US military at all. In fact, he's escalated the use of private military contractors at this point in time. Here's a vid of Scahill on Bill Maher a few weeks ago

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