September 18, 2007

Iraqi Insider: Blackwater Firestorm All About Internal Politics

I sent the following last night to a source intimately familiar with the Iraqi Interior Ministry:

...could the sudden [Iraqi government political] attack on Blackwater possibly be in retaliation for the "Jones Commission" report that panned the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior and advocated disbanding the national police?

...I would not be surprised if the backlash over Sunday's shooting was planned, and waiting for an event to pin it on.

I wanted to know if the situation with Blackwater "smelled."

His response:


Blackwater doesn't smell: It's all about internal politics.

Bolani walks a thin line: he is a Shia without strong party
affiliations. He was the least objectionable Shia to a Sunni minority
who knew they'd never get one of their own into that Ministry.

Bolani is beholden to MNSTC-I/CPATT for supplies, training and money
-- but he also needs support in Parliament and among tribal leaders to
get things done (recruiting, intelligence and minimizing attacks on his
police officers as they try to establish peace).

By attacking Blackwater and standing up to the US over this, he gains
internal support for projects that the US can't help him with. He'll
eventually back down because he can't stay where he is without US
support, but he can't advance internal security without assistance
from other groups as well.

I predict this will end in a compromise: a few people will be fired,
Blackwater will ratchet down their posture a bit and the mission will

Related thoughts here.

Update: Bryan has an excellent roundup on this subject at Hot Air, and there is more about contractor licensing at the Washington Times

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 18, 2007 07:03 PM

In the US you don't have to pay a bribe. You just need to pay your lawyer to talk to their lawyer, which your lawyer should be able to because he used to work for the lawyer you need to get to.

Unless there is a problem, then you might have to pay more.

Other than that, everything is so much better.

Posted by: Paul from Florida at September 18, 2007 10:05 PM

Paul: Well, yes it is, because in the US we generally manage to avoid the whole "killing lots of people" part of it.

CY: Thanks, that's very interesting.

Posted by: Shelby at September 19, 2007 11:13 AM