I saw this at the weekend but didn’t get a chance to blog it: Brigadier General Joseph Anderson, who is the chief of staff at the Multinational Corps in Iraq, has added to the Blackwater-inspired furore over the activities of private military contractors by publicly criticising the behaviour of some such security companies in a videolink briefing to journalists:
I can certainly say I’ve seen them do some tactics that I thought were over the top.
Are they quicker with the trigger? Are they quicker to wave a weapon, brandish a weapon, other tactics, cutting people off? All of us have experienced, have seen different things at different times. I have seen them, in my opinion, over-react but that does not mean it’s consistently the case.
(Reuters, Saturday 29th September)
The question is, will Sheriff Anderson clean up his town and rid Iraq of these dangerous desperadoes?