State official quitting amid Blackwater scandal
“WASHINGTON – The State Department’s security chief announced his resignation on Wednesday in the wake of last month’s deadly Blackwater USA shooting incident in Baghdad and growing questions about the use of private contractors in Iraq.
Richard Griffin, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, announced his decision to resign at a weekly staff meeting, according to an internal informational e-mail sent to colleagues.
Griffin announced his resignation just a day after Rice ordered a series of measures to boost government oversight of the private guards the department uses to protect its diplomats in Iraq.”
Now here is a quizzical development. Government officials are known to quit when they disagree with policy, or there is gross indecency going on. At first glance, I wasn’t sure what to make of this story, until i got to this part: “The steps were recommended by a review panel Rice created after a Sept. 16 incident in which Blackwater personnel are accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians. The panel found serious lapses in the department’s oversight of such guards, who are employed by Griffin’s bureau.”
AHHHH, now i understand. Poor little Griffin is angry because new significant oversight measures such as humvee cameras and cultural awareness classes(are you fucking serious??) are going to cause misfortune, pain and heartache to those stand-up guys at blackwater. Well good riddance, seeing as the price of contractors keeps going up, even though the number of contractors DOESN’T. Stop wasting my money assholes.