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" ... the end of the Pax Americana -- the era in which the United States more or less maintained a monopoly on the use of military force."

Now that multinational corporations can rent military forces (Blackwater) equal or better than the US, things could get really interesting.  These corporations now have all of the assets of countries without home populations which have to be appeased/enslaved.

Ordinary people are screwed.  And deserve it.  My generation had a chance to produce a better world and we settled for a comfortable middle class existence with an RV parked in the driveway.  The kids are REALLY fucked.  Glad I don't have any.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri Aug 15th, 2008 at 07:45:11 AM EST
From what I've read here and there, the Blackwater forces are a bunch of overpaid incompetents.  This is not because the people are bad, as many of them are ex-military types looking to cash in, but because the structure and organization of the force renders it ineffective as a proper fighting unit, and because they are not backed up by heavy weaponry.  It may seem passe, but grenades, mortars, and heavy artillery make a huge difference, to say nothing of armor and air support.
by Zwackus on Sat Aug 16th, 2008 at 01:11:34 AM EST
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Yup, that's today but any grade C force today can be beefed up if the money is there.  And corporations/oil countries etc. have bucks to burn.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Aug 16th, 2008 at 07:11:34 AM EST
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Well it seems Blackwater is considering getting some heavier weaponry, including ground attck airplanes...

Blackwater beefs up air power, using name of obscure company

An Embraer Super Tucano was placed on the U.S. civil aircraft registry on February 21, 2008 under the name of EP Aviation LLC. Additionally, 28 other aircraft have been registered to this company, most over the past few months. The list includes 14 Bell 412 helicopters, as well as a number of fixed wing aircraft.

While Blackwater hasn't advertised this news, neither is it keeping it a state secret (EP Aviation isn't the sneakiest way to hide connections to Blackwater owner Erik Prince). A spokesperson for Blackwater, in fact, confirmed to Danger Room that EP Aviation is an affiliate of Blackwater.

Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Sat Aug 16th, 2008 at 08:39:45 AM EST
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