The uncle of a decorated former Marine combat veteran, who has been in Iraq for 18 monts apparently working for Blackwater, rebuts critics of the company, saying that he knows firsthand the caliber of the men in the company's security service in Iraq.
Louis Paulos of Schaumburg, Illinois, writes in a letter to the Chicago Daily Herald, "Most, if not all, Blackwater personnel are combat veterans including Navy Seals, Green Berets and Navy Recon. These men have already served their country in the military and are now doing it again as civilians. They are true patriots who are putting their lives on the line so that [a local Blackwater critic] has the freedom to write his dribble. Sure they are well paid, but they receive no medals, no recognition and serve in anonymity.
"People like [the critic] are the reason we cannot win. War is a tough business; sometimes the wrong people get hurt. But we put our people in danger and jeopardize our ability to win by second guessing every action.
"To blacken these dedicated and highly motivated men who are doing a thankless, difficult and extremely dangerous job, is a crime."