Hired Gun Fetish

the so-called private security contractors are mercenaries. They’€™re heavily armed. They carry out military missions, but they’€™re private employees who don€’t answer to military discipline. On the other hand, they don’€™t seem to be accountable to Iraqi or U.S. law, either. And they behave accordingly.

From Hired Gun Fetish – New York Times

Krugman describes exactly what the root problem with Blackwater is. If you aren’t totally sick of Iraq news or the Blackwater story, this is a must read