I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Blackwater feeling the heat?

It's been a bad week or two for über wingnut Erik Prince and his company Blackwater. Well it looks like they might be feeling the heat:
Blackwater cancels planned expansion
RALEIGH, N.C. — In more fallout from the Sept. 16 shooting in Baghdad that left 11 Iraqis dead, Blackwater USA apparently has stopped its expansion projects.

On Wednesday, the North Carolina private military contractor canceled a $5.5 million deal to buy 1,800 acres of farmland near Fort Bragg, where it was going to set up a training ground for soldiers and corporate executives.

The diplomatic and public relations damage from the shooting, combined with next Tuesday's scheduled testimony before Congress by Blackwater Chairman Erik Prince, prompted the company to put all new projects on hold, according to the president of the company that had agreed to sell the land to Blackwater.

"Blackwater said they had pulled all new projects off the table because of this shooting in Baghdad and because they were preparing Prince for Congress," said Wayne Miller, the president of Southern Produce Distributors. "It's a shame. This would have been good for the economy of North Carolina."
Maybe the Iraqis and the citizens of the US will be a little bit safer in the future.

Hat Tip To Cernig


  1. Blackwater's vice-Chair is romeney's terror advisor...

  2. So much for innocent until proven guilty huh?

    Still just talk, no evidence.

  3. Frosted Flake6:07 PM

    For Justadog, from Machiavelli : Chapter 12, lines 9 thru 30 :

    We have said above that a prince must have strong foundations, otherwise his downfall is inevitable. The main foundation of all states, new, old, or mixed, are good laws and good arms; and since there cannot be good laws where there are not good arms and likewise where there are good arms the laws must be good too, I shall omit discussion of laws and speak only of arms. Now the arms with which a prince defends his state are either his own, or mercenary, or auxiliary (allied), or mixed. Mercenaries and auxiliaries are useless and dangerous, and a leader having his state built on mercenary armies will never be secure. Troops of this sort are disunited, ambitious, undisciplined, and faithless, swaggering when among friends and cowardly in the face of the enemy; they have neither fear of God nor loyalty to men. Ruin is postponed only so long as the assault is postponed; in times of peace you are despoiled by them and in time of war by the enemy.The reason is that they have no interest or incentive to hold the field, save only their moderate pay, which is not enough to make them willing to die for you. They are pleased to be your soldiers so long as you have no war; when it comes they either run away or leave your employ (for the other guy).

    Parentheses mine, for clarification.

    Question : Justadog : Is there anything about this administration that you DON'T enjoy ? What is this Bullshit about "Innocent till proven guilty"? Blackwater is a bunch of MERCENARIES, fer chrissake. No one, least of all Erik Prince, disputes this. Just what point are you thinking you are making?

    Thank you
    frosted.flake at hotmail.com


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