Yes, there is a large State Department contingent — about 16,000 employees attached to the largest US embassy anywhere in the world — and their security is being provided by Blackwater.
Yes, that fact makes me furious, in and of itself. But the part that makes me smile is the fact that Hillary Clinton is in charge of the State Department. The massacre in Nisoor Square was on Condi’s watch. I don’t like mercenaries, and far be it from me to even appear to defend them, but there are a few things that are just understood about them; and one of those things about mercenaries that is just understood is this: they pretty much behave the way they are paid to behave.
And now that there is no US air support if they start some shit they can’t finish, and they have no immunity if they break Iraqi laws — I have a feeling that those two realities will encourage a level of behavior that is far better than the behavior they exhibited back in 2007.
As far as I’m concerned, that’s a legitimate campaign issue. Who do you want in charge of the diplomatic corps and the tens of thousands of mercenary soldiers protecting them? Hillary Clinton, or John Bolton?— Blue Girl at They Gave Us A Republic…