That said, I’ll say that Jeremy Scahill’s “Blackwater” gets points for reportage, for his interviews and legwork. “Blackwater”, unlike P.W. Singer’s “Corporate. Jeremy Scahill: The only punishment doled out to US security men involved in deadly shootings is a jet home. Buy the Paperback Book Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill at , Canada’s largest bookstore. + Get Free Shipping on books over $25!.
|Published (Last):||22 February 2011|
|PDF File Size:||20.78 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||9.85 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
This is the MBA “just-in-time” idea: It won one of the George Polk Awards. When I was a boy, I did want to be a mercenary soldier one day I’ll admit that. Anyway, on with the impotent rage. Even writing a review blackqater this book has drained me to the point where I just throw an “et cetera” at the end of my sentence because I don’t feel like going on anymore.
The author strays off topic repeatedly, droning on about the influence of the religious right within the US Government, or about other contractors besides Blackwater. Overall this is an interesting book, but very topical. With the argument that the jerremy would be desirable as scahiol attack target because of its importance for the US for terrorists.
There is something deeply perverse about the privatization of the Iraq War and the utilization of mercenaries. I came to realize while reading this that this man and his type are a cancer on humanity that get rich from the tax payer dollar while committing the worst crimes imaginable all with impunity. While Scahill claims he requested interviews with Erik Prince and other Blackwater executives and was refused any such interviews, this is about as close to approaching the entire matter as in a non-biased manner as Scahill comes.
Third, the title of the book jdremy about Blackwater, but many of the chapters are quite irrelevant. Okay, so starting from that premise, why read a book that tells you in detail about how horrible it is?
Blackwater began as a couple extremely rich ex-Navy Seals who built a training ground and used their expertise to train military and police in the US. Height in pixels px.
But, even though it took forever to get through, this was definitely worth the read. Now, one of the recent books I have read called Mistakes Were Made, but not by me points out that the most dangerous people in the world are people who have high self-esteem and they are at their most dangerous when they are forced to do bad things to powerless people.
Copied to your clipboard Unable to copy. For in what ways does the world today differ significantly from former empires? Singer’s “Corporate Warriors” sets out to be an expose rather than a work of analysis, When I was a boy, I did want to be a mercenary soldier one day I’ll admit that. This is dense so I’m glad I listened to the audio book instead. If you want to reinforce your own Liberal bias against the US Government Three years after its publication it is beginning to show its age and in another three years it’ll be creaky.
This is a book on a fascinating topic, written moderately well. Whatever the problems with private companies such as Blackwater and, yes, there absolutely should be some indictments and prison sentencesScahill is simply wrong in seeing them as a threat to democracy and a deep, nefarious conspiracy.
The scandal of Blackwater
Initially, logistics and supply tasks were primarily to be placed in What is the downfall of empires associated with? Wow I hate soldiers of just about all kinds. In the book, Scahill contends that Blackwater exists as a mercenary force, and argues that Blackwater’s rise is a consequence of scauill demobilization of the US military following the Cold War and its overextension in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Okay, first some literary criticism. He discusses the problems of a mercenary army – recruitment, payment, accountability well, lack thereoflawlessness. Scahill almost invariably characterizes statements from supporters as misleading spin or the conspiratorial lies of right-wing, neoconservative, Christian fundamentalist Republicans.
This book is full of double standards and petty fault finding. The first plans for privatization in the military sector have been around since the 90s, but only paved the New York attacks and the proclaimed war on terror even more expansionary growth. I used to subscribe to The Nationbut eventually found its “reporting” to be wildly simplistic, dogmatic and plain uninteresting. Lastly, I found myself wishing Scahill was a business reporter – I think there’s a big story in where the money is coming from and where it’s going and I don’t think this is explored well.
Scahill almost invariably characterizes statements from I picked up this book hoping it would provide some good basic information about Blackwater, with the understanding from the blackwxter jacket that it likely would reach certain ultimate conclusions I might not agree with. Terrorist, subversive activities that should be tackled with all severity of state and civilian forces.
Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill
In all fairness, it is quite an interesting and informative book. Individuals are taxed on earnings, though if you are wealthy enough there are ways of being able to restructure that arrangement. The other interesting thing is how often these guys say things like, private armies are more effective and cheaper than regular armies.
He didn’t seem to have a convincing argument against bladkwater.
Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army
The Journal takes viewers on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They have a vested jetemy in destabilizing the situation in Iraq, more violence, more need for security, more contractors, more violence, the cycle goes on. This would have never been possible before in this form because of concerns of constitutional and civil rights activists.