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An American Tragedy
FrontPage, by Bruce Bawer

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Posted By:Judy W., 1/30/2014 10:25:21 AM

In his fascinating new memoir, Civilian Warriors, Erik Prince – founder of Blackwater, the security firm that became world-famous for its pivotal role in the “war on terror” – tackles head-on the claim, often voiced by critics of his company, that the involvement of private military contractors (PMCs) in an American war is a radical and morally questionable departure from national tradition. On the contrary, argues Prince, Christopher Columbus, like Prince himself, was a PMC – an Italian who led his own military force under contract to Spain. Prince takes us to Lafayette Square, near the White House, where statues

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This is a wonderful review! To me Erik Prince is a hero, as are the men of Blackwater who did so much for our country.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: reilly, 1/30/2014 10:36:06 AM     (No. 9711524)


Just looking at the Democrat side of Congress the other night made me sick: Pelosi, Tom Harkin, Rosa DeLauro´s red hair and brain, the Black Plantation House-Negroes. No wonder this country is falling.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 1/30/2014 11:33:49 AM     (No. 9711637)

Erik Prince, quintessential American...and American success story...is now working for the Chinese, helping them to secure resources in Africa. More power to you, Erik; your country sold you out. [My advice to you: Give up that worthless American citizenship, too. They´re just using your tax money to fund the incompetence that drove you out.]

Bawer nails the essence of the current state of the U.S. in this sentence: "The history of Blackwater is a twenty-first-century American story of the first importance, rich in cautionary lessons about the times in which we live. It is a story about the best of America being torn down by the worst of America, about the relentless punishment of the noble and competent by the petty and incompetent, about the chilling power and treachery of the mainstream media, about the defeat of the entrepreneurial spirit by that decadent, dehumanizing, and destructive thing, big-government (and military) bureaucracy, and about the truly lethal nature of the pernicious poison that is left-wing anti-American ideology."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JoniTx, 1/30/2014 11:56:24 AM     (No. 9711713)

Wonderful read. Thanks for posting.

~~One reason why Blackwater grew so fast was that it was a privately held company whose owner’s can-do, no-nonsense approach and contempt for sclerotic bureaucracy were hard-wired into its day-to-day operations. Major operations could be arranged quickly, and with a minimum of fuss or paperwork, by means of a single phone call to the boss himself. Another reason why the firm grew so fast was that its clients soon learned that it was eminently reliable – it delivered on what it promised.~~



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Reply 4 - Posted by: toddh, 1/30/2014 12:11:44 PM     (No. 9711749)

Private security operators in Iraq fired on American soldiers, one of whom said to me "who the hell else is driving Humvees out here?"

Until Congress lets us build the Army we need, we´ll need mercenaries. Unfortunate that the real military cannot retain the talent.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Lalo, 1/30/2014 12:21:44 PM     (No. 9711769)

He had me at hello. He lost me at "China." If he went to work for the People´s Republic, he has unfortunately turned from the best of America, if you say so, to the worst: an amoral sell-out, the greedy dark side of the materialism we´re so often unjustly accused of.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/30/2014 1:44:35 PM     (No. 9711958)

Hmmm, pretty huge stretch on your rationale Princy...What has Chris Columbus got to do with today...he didn´t even discover America, others did, many times before he was ever born...

So if HE discovered America what were all the folks who greeted his ships do?

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