Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Learning from our mistakes in Vietnam

It's messy when you have to deal with unfavorable public opinion, so an all-volunteer military and extensive use of private contractors (and mercenaries) has helped remove the spotlight from our "engagements" in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Today's "Democracy Now!" show reports:

Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan: Jeremy Scahill Reveals Private Military Firm Operating in Pakistan Under Covert Assassination and Kidnapping Program

In an explosive new article in The Nation magazine, investigative journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill reveals the private military firm Blackwater is part of a covert program in Pakistan that includes planning the assassination and kidnapping of Taliban and Al-Qaeda suspects. Blackwater is also said to be involved in a previously undisclosed U.S. military drone campaign that has killed scores of people inside Pakistan. The article says the program has become so secretive that top Obama administration and military officials have likely been unaware of its existence. In a Democracy Now! exclusive, Scahill joins us for his first interview since the story broke.

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