Monday, September 17, 2007

"Blackwater, Blackwater, Crash, Crash, Crash;
Blackwater, Blackwater, Smash, Smash, Smash;
Blackwater, Blackwater, Kill Kill Kill --"

[To be sung to the tune Oliver Reed and his Teddies sing in Joseph Losey's The Damned aka These Are the Damned, 1961]

Today is Constitution Day -- and, appropriately enough, the first day in recent history in which Alberto Gonzales has not been our Attorney General.

  • In the first bit of news to eke out of Iraq concerning the Blackwater mercenary army in quite some time, we get a snapshot of what the Bush/Cheney Administration "diplomacy" has really been all about.

  • "The Iraqi government said Monday that it was pulling the license of an American security firm allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of civilians during an attack on a U.S. State Department motorcade in Baghdad.

    The Interior Ministry said it would prosecute any foreign contractors found to have used excessive force in the Sunday shooting. It was latest accusation against the U.S.-contracted firms that operate with little or no supervision and are widely disliked by Iraqis who resent their speeding motorcades and forceful behavior..."

  • And in another revelatory bit of Bush Administration redress and context, we also have the weekend spectacle of former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan spelling out what most -- well, many -- assumed/knew about the reasons for waging unprovoked war on Iraq: "I'm saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows -- the Iraq war is largely about oil."

  • There's more to it -- click the link, read it in full, and prep your Road Warrior costuming and gear, folks.

    Have a great Monday.

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