Hillary Clinton was a strong proponent of the Iraq war at its onset, talking down protesters on the eve of war. She ran as president saying that she would end the war. Clinton is not a woman of strong principle and it remains to be seen whether she sticks to principle on this issue.
The Pentagon's love affair with mercenary firms began in the 1990s when they were viewed with favor for their military activities, including sanctions busting, in Africa. Under the Clinton administration, mercenary firms blossomed. Under George W. Bush, they have flourished. On June 24, 1997, the Defense Intelligence Agency sponsored a seminar titled "The Privatization of National Security Functions in Sub-Saharan Africa."
This conference ushered in the present cooperation between mercenaries, oil companies, diamond and other mineral companies, U.S. intelligence agencies, the military, and non-government organizations (NGOs), including the always suspect Human Rights Watch, an NGO that often obscures and obfuscates important facts, as it did with the causality of the Rwandan genocide and as it is currently doing with regard to offering an incomplete list of CIA prisoner aircraft in Europe. - Wayne Madsen
Now, don't worry America you will get your candy too...
"A society whose citizens refuse to see and investigate the facts, who refuse to believe that their government and their media will routinely lie to them and fabricate a reality contrary to verifiable facts, is a society that chooses and deserves the Police State Dictatorship it's going to get." - Ian Williams Goddard
Republicans will leave office armed and dangerous. As long as people believe that our so-called leaders are well-intentioned, they can, and do, get away with murder. Literally.
Whenever a people entrust the defence of their country to a regular, standing army, composed of mercenaries, the power of that country will remain under the direction of the most wealthy citizens.": A Framer - Anonymous 'framer' of the US Constitution - Source: Independent Gazetteer, January 29, 1791
"The Justice Department has had this matter for fourteen months and has done almost everything imaginable to walk away from it--including delivering a briefing to Congress in which they suggested that they lacked legal authority to press charges. They did this notwithstanding evidence collected by the first teams on the scene that suggested an ample basis to prosecute."
Blackwater as a company faces no charges in the case.
Now the question is: why is Andrew Moonen, the Blackwater guard who shot and killed a bodyguard to the Iraqi vice president while drunk last Christmas Eve, to quote the Washington Post article of Oct. 7, 2007, is still at large. I believe the answer to that is: it would be hard to find a jury anywhere who wouldnt convinct Moonen.
When embassy officials proposed the price for the guard's life be pegged at either $100,000 or $250,000, a State diplomatic-security official countered with $15,000. The figure needed to be lower, the diplomatic-security official contended, so Iraqis wouldn't "try to get killed to set up their family financially." Two days after the shooting, Blackwater and State agreed that the guard's family should receive $15,000." Thus, a trophy Iraqi head is less expensive than a safari trip to shoot bear.