The Stanford Review, a student newspaper at the prestigious California university, gave an endorsement of private security contractors in an article title "Should America Employ Mercenaries? You Bet!"
Chris Seck, the World News Editor, says "it is unfortunate that in our modern lexicon, 'mercenary' is generally seen as a pejorative term." In defending the use of private security contractors, Seck explains that "Blackwater guards have done a remarkable job of protecting US diplomats and the US embassy in Baghdad. When was the last time you heard about a top U.S. official being killed while on tour in Iraq?"
Seck leaves little doubt about the professionalism of Blackwater and it's fellow contractors: "America’s mercenaries are highly-trained, highly-motivated, and highly-paid. According to the New York Times, Blackwater’s training facility in North Carolina is so well-equipped that even US Navy Seals sometimes use it for specialized military training."