This is Just Bad. Period.
There’s just no other way to view it. This story is all over the internet and twitter.
Our over-reliance on private contractors serves the purpose of keeping the military industrial complex rich, fat and happy while preventing the need to institute a draft to enable us to continue to fight in these wars and maintain our long-term presence in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq (not to mention Yemen, Pakistan etc.). Unfortunately we have apparently contracted out a good deal of our intelligence functions and it seems like our diplomatic services have become quite militarized. Yes, I understand the diplomatic corp needs security but you would think that Blackwater and all it’s little shell companies and subsidiaries would be persona non grata at this point, considering all the abuses and controversies (including this most recent one) surrounding their thuggish, mercenary tactics. And then there is the legality aspect- what is the role of private mercenary armies in war zones, anyway? Where is the oversight?
And all of this is being paid for by We The Taxpayers. Where is the outrage from the fiscal conservatives?