Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen

Tuesday, April 06, 2004  

Private Guards Repel Attack on U.S. Headquarters (washingtonpost.com) A few things struck me about this story.

First, when did these guys become "commandos" instead of contractors? What's the deal with that?

"An attack by hundreds of Iraqi militia members on the U.S. government's headquarters in Najaf on Sunday was repulsed not by the U.S. military, but by eight commandos from a private security firm, according to sources familiar with the incident."

Yeah, right. What, these guys are all Arnold and Bruce Willis?

And, apparently, Blackwater sent in its own helicopters to resupply the "commandos" with ammo and medevac a wounded Marine.

About that wounded Marine....

Here's the biggest issue I have with the story:

In Sunday's fighting, Shiite militia forces barraged the Blackwater commandos, four MPs and a Marine gunner with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47 fire for hours before U.S. Special Forces troops arrived.

But a few grafs later...
A Defense Department spokesman said that there were no military reports about the opening hours of the siege on CPA headquarters in Najaf because there were no military personnel on the scene.
That would be except for the four MPs and the Marine gunner, right? Or do they not count?

posted by lazarus | 12:41 | |
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