17 Sep. 2007

Exposing the Myth Of Iraqi Sovereignty

PM al-Maliki's decision to expel Blackwater mercenaries from Iraq is going to show everybody who really runs that country. As Larry Johnson notes:
First problem. Blackwater does not have a license to operate in Iraq and does not need one. They have a U.S. State Department contract through Diplomatic Security...

Second problem. The Iraqi government has zero power to enforce a decision to oust a firm like Blackwater. For starters, Blackwater has a bigger air force and more armored vehicles then the Iraqi Army and police put together.
Let's not forget that it was two Blackwater security guards who were hanged on that bridge in Falluja long ago, an incident which signalled the end of Iraqi support for the USA's military action.