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Ejecting Blackwater Doesn’t Solve the Problem

Dexter Cooke
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jan 29, 2009

So much for that legal loophole I’ve written about before that would have allowed Blackwater Worldwide to continue guarding U.S. officials in Iraq without being subject to Iraqi law.  Well, the loophole’s still in place, but now, as Spencer wrote earlier, the government of Iraq has refused to renew Blackwater’s license to operate in the country.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t solve the problem of lawlessness among some contractors in Iraq. From what I can tell, the Status of Forces Agreement still doesn’t apply to private security guards under contract with the Department of State, as it does to the Defense Department.

So whatever new companies are hired in the future –- and it’s likely to be a company, as opposed to U.S. soldiers, given the Obama administration’s promises to withdraw troops in Iraq and beef up presence in Afghanistan -– still may not be subject to either Iraqi or U.S. law.

Dexter Cooke | He is an orthopedic surgeon who insists that a physician's first priority should be patient care. He specializes in minimally invasive complete knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures that reduce pain and recovery time. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a medical degree and a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine.

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