It gets less and less surprising by the day. Now, the Obama administration is cutting the villain formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide a deal for numerous and various violations of U.S. export control regulations in Sudan, Iraq, and who knows how many other places.
In deciding not to bring criminal charges, the U.S. government and Xe Services are in the process of negotiating a "multimillion dollar fine" to put the whole matter to bed.
That's convenient. If Xe Services had been indicted on any charges, it could have spelled the end of them doing business with the U.S. government, and if they can't do business with our government, then how in the hell are they expected to do business wherever and with whoever they damn well please with little or no accountability? I mean, they have recently been awarded new contracts worth over $200 million, so it wasn't like the gravy train was seriously in danger of being derailed.
Why, what would happen if we weren't busy flushing this extra amount of cash down the crapper in relation to Iraq and Afghanistan? Would Obama have to actually take that timetable seriously? Would military yesman David Petraeus be able to magically recreate the nothing he accomplished in Iraq in Afghanistan without the backup of taxpayer-overpaid mercaneries to do whatever the hell it is they are paid to halfass over there? I think we both know the answers to those questions.
This is quickly becoming the way the legacy of Obama is going to be remembered. This whole "hope and change" has become the equivilent of repainting the car instead of fixing the engine, but never losing that smile on your face as you remain stranded in the driveway.