by John Hawkins | January 7, 2008 6:00 am
Perhaps unsurprisingly, from the Huffington Post, here’s history professor (Can you imagine having this loon teaching your children) Joseph Palermo speculating that Blackwater is going to murder Obama,
“In 2008, Obama is gaining momentum, and hopefully people inside his organization are cognizant of the fact that he constitutes a very real threat to the likes of Blackwater, Dyncorps, Halliburton, and the hundreds of other private companies currently profiteering from the Iraq occupation.
Blackwater, that reactionary private mercenary outfit headed by the right-wing Christian nationalist Erik Prince stands to lose big time with an Obama presidency. Under George W. Bush Blackwater went from a marginal company with about $27 million in government contracts to a behemoth currently receiving over $1 billion in federal largesse.
It was revealed after the massacre of 17 Iraqis in Baghdad by Blackwater mercenaries that the U.S. State Department cannot function in Iraq without the services of the well-connected private company. Blackwater has a lot riding financially on keeping the Iraq occupation going and a lot to lose if it is ended. (Please read Jeremy Scahill’s book Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.)
Under an Obama Administration Blackwater would no doubt be cut down to size along with Bush’s other crony capitalist entities. The Blackwater Boys no doubt have close friends and ideological soul mates deep inside the federal security services.”
You know, you can play this game ad infinitum if you’d like. Blackwater would have something to lose if Obama gets in, but so would MoveOn, the NAACP, the ACLU, the teachers’ unions, Planned Parenthood, etc., etc., etc. if a Republican got into office.
But, if some Republican sat around just baselessly speculating that, let’s say, Greenpeace or Media Matters wants to assassinate Mike Huckabee or John McCain — everyone, liberals, conservatives, you name it, would roll their eyes at how dumb the whole thing was.
Yet, when a liberal does it — well, I guess everyone expects them to act like small, uneducated children — even when you’re talking about college professors.
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