Blackwater Protected Obama in Afghanistan

According to Paul Bedard at U.S. News & World Report, Blackwater USA was hired to protect Obama on his tour of Afghanistan and the firm of mercenaries also helped in Iraq. It had been reported earlier that Blackwater would not get the job.

Bedard also reports that Obama was overheard saying that, "Blackwater is getting a bad rap."

Maybe he doesn't want to win North Carolina afterall, eh?

Comments

I realize that choices for protection may have been limited

I see this as a rock and hard place moment. If our military was used - and I have no idea to what extent they can be used to protect a United States Senator - people would have been wailing that it was a misuse of the military and not their job. Obama would have been accused of taking them away from their job of securing Iraqi freedom or something like that.

Does anybody know whether McCain used Blackwater guards when he was on his tour of Iraq?



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McCain apparently had Blackwater protection while in Mexico.

Yes....but then Mexico is quite the war zone



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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In Bushworld

they went out of their way to make sure Obama got as little cooperation and support as they could possibly stomach.

This stinks.

I'm sure the person who "overheard" Obama's comment was a paid Blackwater hack whose only job in life is to help Erik Prince make more money.

I could be wrong, but technically Obama is not the official...

nominee, and because it was not a fact-finding tour, but listed as a campaign event, the US forces don't have to provide military protection. Once he has the official title as nominee, he gets full protection as a 'presidential' candidate. McSame always bills his trips a 'fact-finding', and always gets the photographic coverage he wants.

The Free Market At Work

I am glad to see that Obama realizes the difference between rhetoric and reality.

Besides the Blackwater Boys are better armed than the Treasury guys any day of the week. I guess I retired too soon, it would have been cool to have "rode shotgun" with Obama.

The Confuse Fascist Free Market at work once more?

I am glad to see that Obama realizes the difference between rhetoric and reality.* Thumber Neo-con Rabbit

Thunder Pig! Have you consider a career working as a shrink psychopath for the BlackWater Medical team?

Besides the Blackwater Boys are better armed than the Treasury guys any day of the week. I guess I retired too soon, it would have been cool to have "rode shotgun" with Obama.* Thumber Neo-con Rabbit

I had no idea that the ATF was involved in foreign security services?

The only shotgun you have rode with is the Animal Control of Western North Carolina as a escape retarded republican patient.

Senator Obama protection service is under the State Department Security Services when visiting foreign countries. If Senator Obama recieved protection from the Blackwater Group , it was contracted out by the State Department and not Senator Obama campaign team nor his Senatorial office.
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Writes Joe Cesarone: "The London Times attempts to scandalize Barack Obama with its portrayal of Mark Ndesandjo, Barack's capitalist half brother who they found living in Shenzen, China. Excerpts:

BARACK Obama's half-brother has been helping to promote cheap Chinese exports in a low-profile business career while the Democratic senator has been winning worldwide fame in his race for the White House...
...He lives in Nanshan, a brash new district of high-rises and streets teeming after dark with young migrants eating spicy street food and cramming into bars, karaoke joints and massage parlours.
"He is big, strong and full of energy, speaks good Chinese and is a really easygoing guy," said a Chinese friend, "He always wears a hat over his shaven head. I believe he has several consultancy jobs."...
... Obama painted a disappointed picture of his half-brother in his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, in which he celebrated his own return to Kenya and rediscovery of his African inheritance...
... Obama wrote that Mark didn't want to ask himself a lot of questions about the meaning of racial identity, dismissing the idea with the words: "life's hard enough without all that excess baggage."

"So here we have one half-brother who spends his time actually delivering useful products and services to people in the private sector, especially low-income people, and another half-brother who parasitically feeds off the private sector for personal gain while at the same time seeking to strangle that sector with ever-increasing state power. It's not surprising that the first half-brother has little time for 'the meaning of racial identity', as he is an active participant of the private sector which brings all races together in peaceful cooperation, while the second half-brother must constantly divide the world up based on skin color, so he can heal the world and provide 'hope' with redistribution via the barrel of a gun."

Overheard by who?

Bedard also reports that Obama was overheard saying that, "Blackwater is getting a bad rap."

Overheard by who? How about a source.

I am reporting that McCain was overheard saying that "I eat my boogers"

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Bull SH## Video By AP Promoting BlackWater!

Watch the Prince of the Dark Side lie his Neo-Con ass off and than put his hand over the Video Cam so nobody will see his secret Bullshit site.
http://video.ap.org/v/i/APOVNMovieLoadScreen_BlackOnWhite_432x240.gif

http://video.ap.org/v/default.aspx?mk=en-ap&g=91324bb9-f613-46cf-b: 50d-22449234dd4c&f=gamar&fg=email

If none of the above AP links work, try this site and than click on AP Video section showing BlackWater video

http://www.mdjonline.com/content/index/showareafront/area/1

Blackwater

Though I despise the concept of an American mercenary army, Blackwater is basically good at what it does.

If your options are some contractor you don't know and don't trust, no security or Blackwater ... picking Blackwater is still the pragmatic choice. I don't think it is reasonable to hold it against McCain or Obama for using them when they're the only real choice in a war zone. (Using them in Mexico is a bit much.)

Almost all of their employees who I've crossed paths with are former soldiers who do actually love the U.S. And they take their job seriously, even if it is misguided.

If i were a soldier making, say, $20K

And Blackwater offered me $100,000. Guess who I'd be working for ASAP.

In fact, if Blackwater wants to hire me to do the same job I am doing now for 5X my current salary, I'm available.

It isn't the soldier's fault, it is the Congress and the President that have made mercenary jobs available.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

James has been warning us all for over a year about Blackwater

Even we, who have called attention to Blackwater activities have grossly understated the real influence of Blackwater and it's many supporters, Republican and Democrat alike.

No doubt Blackwater will exploit the fact that they protected Obama, but lets not lose sight of the fact that Obama has been very reluctant to address the issue of Blackwater. It is my belief that, ultimately, probably from a political reality we are not aware of, Obama will continue his support of Blackwaer and organizations like Blackwater.


With few excetions, no-one in Washington has the political will to take on Blackwater
. The CIA supports them The FBI supports them, the State Department Supports them, The Department of Homeland Security supprots them, The U.S. Army supports them, the Secret service (Treasury) supports them. A great many more organizations and individuals fear them. The rest of us just watch in amazement.

The only losers in all of this are the U.S. Constitution, Liberty, Personal Freedoms and Civil Rights.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03