Blackwater Says It Can Leave In 72 Hours

Blackwater Worldwide says it is prepared to leave Iraq within 72 ours -- if the State Department says it should go.

Blackwater founder Erik Prince told The Associated Press that while losing the State Department contract would hurt the North Carolina-based company, the move would cause more harm to the diplomats it's protected since soon after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Iraqi officials say the lingering outrage over a September 2007 shooting in Baghdad's Nisoor Square that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead led to its decision.

The shooting strained relations between Washington and Baghdad
and fueled the anti-American insurgency in Iraq, where many Iraqis
saw the bloodshed as a demonstration of American brutality and

Five former Blackwater guards have pleaded not guilty to federal
charges in the United States that include 14 counts of manslaughter
and 20 counts of attempted manslaughter.

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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 30, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    You are all right. There should not be any contractors over there. What should be done is to reinstate the draft, make it mandatory for ALL boys AND girls at age 18 unless they're blind or crippled. Definitely no exemptions for little crybaby antiwar college pukes.Make them serve 3 years, and then if they survive, they can come home and go to college. Then you wouldn't have all these little whiners demoralizing real men with enough guts to stand up for thier country.And anyone that refuses to go should be given 15 years hard labor, and then kicked out of the US forever.
  • by This dog smokes Location: Greenville on Jan 30, 2009 at 12:03 AM
    Burt, As long as it is still legal to do so in N.C., i guess we will keep smoking them.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2009 at 08:55 PM
    Good. Hopefully now Prince will be charged with war crimes and as an accomplice to murder. 17 counts, so far.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Jan 29, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    No more wiping your butts with $100 bills. Time to come home and get a job that doesn't pay $10,000.00 a month. KBR, and Mantech..and all you others...I hope you follow. Pay our men and women in the military that money... They are the ones that protect our rights to freedom!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 29, 2009 at 06:05 PM
    Be sure and leave a going away present. Boobytrap anything you can before you go. And tell the Iraqis to take care of thier own security. Oh, thats right. They still don't know how.
  • by Burt Location: Vanceboro on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    Don't come back to North Carolina. We don't want you either, you probably smoke cigarettes.

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