Blackwater: The Real “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”?
By Ali Gharib
Businessmen with ties to the GOP and right-wing ideologies and pedigrees are not uncommon. What makes Erik Prince special is the confluence of his core beliefs—militarism, right-wing Christianity, and privatization—in his controversial mercenary business, Blackwater Worldwide. At the center of a heated scandal over abuses committed by private military contractors in Iraq and elsewhere, Blackwater has begun to expand its business into intelligence gathering and a host of other security-related services. Its success is helping fill the coffers of some of the country’s most influential conservative political figures and prompting some observers to call it the “future of war.” Read full story.
A conservative publishing house that has been an important disseminator of pro-“war on terror” materials and played a key role in attacking John Kerry as "unfit for command" is now preparing to give the same treatment to Barack Obama.
A former member of the 9/11 Commission and secretary of the Navy, Lehman is a prominent surrogate for the McCain campaign on defense issues.
The former deputy secretary of defense and former World Bank president is the new chair of a U.S.-Taiwan business consortium.
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