Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Rice boosts Iraq firms oversight

This is a welcome development, long overdue and of utmost neccessity.  I would advocate the expulsion of private security firms from Iraq but we need to take account of a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal last week (not linked due to their subscription wall) that essentially came to the conclusion that it would be near impossible for the US to run the war without the services of Blackwater et all...  Still, it is unconscionable that the rules now belatedly adapted were not in place to begin with.  

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has ordered new measures to improve government oversight of private security contractors used in Iraq.

It follows a review by an independent panel ordered after an incident last month involving the US firm Blackwater, in which some 17 Iraqi civilians died.

The steps include tightening the state department's rules of engagement so they are line with the military's.

Contractors will also have to undergo improved cultural awareness training.

There will also be better co-ordination with the US military and tighter restrictions on the use of force.

Boards will be set up to investigate any future killings involving private contractors in Iraq, and will have to power to refer cases to the US justice department.

Contractors will also have to have Arabic speakers on hand.


1 comment:

William said...

I am sorry but these thugs and killers are probably the single greatest force in promoting the insurgency. Their behaviour is brutal. They are offensive and mentally sick. They are mercenaries of the worst kind. Yes it will make US diplomats' life almost intolerable. Is that the point? It is time America grew up. You do not treat people like this. These patheticly inadequate measures by Rice will not make us feel safer when we meet these thugs on the roads of Iraq. They are killers Davis. Obscene killers. They have no place in Iraq. Certainly no place if you want any peace. If you are happy to promote war, insurection and civil war - fine - keep them there.