Sunday, September 03, 2006

American Mercenary Firm Laughs All The Way To The Bank- British Soldiers "make do" (and die)

"Yankee Poodle Tony's Government The British The Blair Government has sold off 4½ million pounds worth of armoured personnel carriers for £44,000 including four to American mercenary firm Blackwater. British Ministers claimed that adaptations made to the Mamba Mine Protected Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), which if you follow the chain of ownership is manufactured by a BAE (British Aerospace) subsidiary, made it unsuitable for its use in Iraq which included the transportation of bomb disposal teams, and too difficult to maintain. The ministers appear to be being more than somewhat "economical with the actualité." The American mercenary firm that bought them for the princely sum of £2,933.33 apiece describes them as "the armoured personnel carrier of choice for Blackwater ops in Iraq" and clearly don't have any problem maintaining them as they're in daily use on Route Irish - "the most dangerous road in the world." The British newspaper Scotland on Sunday first broke the story last Sunday and has an even more damning follow-up today.

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Cruel irony and "not good good enough for 'our boys' " is an understatement. I have no idea why any British reporter would put the word scandal in inverted comments as Brian Brady has done in today's story. A scandal is exactly what it is. It is scandalous that both ordinary soldiers and bomb disposal specialists should be exposed to yet further danger while a pack of dirty mercenaries should be laughing all the way to the bank. "

The full scandalous story of callous human and financial incompetence by the British Ministry of Defense can found on the "markfromireland" front page or by following this direct link.


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