Sunday, October 14, 2007

Iraqi government says State Department isn't standing by Blackwater

If an Associated Press report from Baghdad is accurate, the State Department is not standing by its guards with the 100 percent track record of protecting US diplomats and officials.

That's how the Iraqi side is painting it, anyway, with an aide to Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki saying that Blackwater's departure from the country within six months is "non-negotiable" and that the State Department was not "insisting on Blackwater staying."

Problem is, nobody has the infrastructure to fill Blackwater's shoes in that timeframe.

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