When the Nearsighted Play Chess – American Footprints

Bush, as expected, has threatened to veto the bill.  That should not be a reason for the Democrats to abandon the effort though.  Make him veto it.  It would be an unpopular move, and for good reason.  There is little justification for holding our soldiers to a certain legal standard, while leaving mercenaries under the protective shroud of absolute sweeping immunity.  Surely the more “efficient” mercenary forces can operate effectively within the same parameters as the US Army and the Marines. Unless someone wants to argue the other side?
Meanwhile, in Baghdad, the story wends down a similar path:
The panel also found that 13 Iraqis were killed, not 11 as earlier disclosed, according to al-Waili told AP.
U.S. military reports from the scene of the Sept. 16 shooting incident involving the security firm Blackwater USA indicate that its guards opened fire without provocation and used excessive force against Iraqi civilians, according to a senior U.S. military official.
….The U.S. military reports appear to corroborate the Iraqi government’s contention that Blackwater was at fault in the shooting incident in Nisoor Square, in which hospital records say at least 14 people were killed and 18 were wounded.
“It was obviously excessive, it was obviously wrong,” said the U.S. military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the incident remains the subject of several investigations. “The civilians that were fired upon, they didn’t have any weapons to fire back at them. And none of the IP or any of the local security forces fired back at them,” he added, using a military abbreviation for the Iraqi police. The Blackwater guards appeared to have fired grenade launchers in addition to machine guns, the official said.
…minor, though (as quibbles usually are):