Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice needs to resign.  Blackwater is out of control.  They have no business in Iraq with our troops. 

I believe that Blackwater is in Iraq because they do not have to follow the U.S. Military code of conduct that our troops have to adhere to.  And now Secretary Rice has granted immunity to Blackwater personnel; complete BS.  She needs to resign, she needs to resign, she needs to resign!!!!

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4 Responses

  1. “I believe that Blackwater is in Iraq because they do not have to follow the U.S. Military code of conduct that our troops have to adhere to.”

    Blackwater is in Iraq because they are a U.S. government contractor. There is nothing illegal about their presence in Iraq.

    That said, I agree with you with respect to calling for Condi’s resignation. The Bush administration in general, and the State Department in particular, are letting Blackwater get away with murder. Through allowing and engaging in torture, and now by allowing and condoning torture, our country is being led by a gang of criminals. We are no better than the countries we have invaded and destroyed.

    Afripino

  2. Afripino:

    They are a contractor to the Dept. of State. But we have seen time after time how the Federal Agencies that contract these companies don’t properly monitor the employees.

  3. Native Son:

    “We have seen time after time how the Federal Agencies that contract these companies don’t properly monitor the employees.”

    Of course. That’s part of the reason for outsourcing; an agency doesn’t have the resources to provide the services, so it engages a private firm to do the work. Also, we have to remember that Iraq is a war zone. Accordingly, the State Department made a business decision not to risk the lives of its own personnel to monitor contractors.

    My main point is that there is nothing wrong with the government using contractors. Second, even if there was oversight at the time of the incident, there was no Iraqi or U.S. law applicable to the alleged actions that occurred during the incident. So, even if Condoleeza Rice witnessed the incident (i.e., oversaw it), arguably there is no law under which Blackwater could be prosecuted.

    What we have to consider here is not whether the State Department provided adequate oversight. Rather, the focus should be on the fact that neither the Bush administration nor the State Department sought to have oversight over such contractors in the first place. Simply put, it is what it is because that is the way that Bush and his cronies wanted it to be.

    Evidence of this can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/legislative/sap/110-1/hr2740sap-h.pdf. The referenced document is the official statement from the White House against a bill that would close the loophole in which Blackwater operates. To me, it indicates that the administration favors this type of loophole.

    So, in closing, it isn’t about oversight, it’s about a situation that the administration created to achieve its objectives, whether legitimate or illegitimate.

  4. Afripino:

    Agreed.

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