Imagine running for Congress in a red district against a long term incumbent. Then, put Blackwater in your district. Then, open your campaign with statements like:
Private Armies represent the very things we despise as a people. Servants to the highest bidder with true allegiance to no-one.
Did I mention that he knows because while in Iraq, he was transported in several Blackwater convoys?
Despite running as a Democrat in a strongly Republican district, Adame has the sort of military past that is appreciated in these parts. "I am a retired United States Marine," he tells me. "I'm a Vietnam veteran. I spent nine months in Kuwait right after we kicked Saddam out, helping to rebuild the Kuwaiti air force. I spent four years in Egypt with Kaman Aerospace"—a military contractor—"as their logistics leader in that country." More recently, he spent three years in Iraq working on reconstruction projects, ultimately rising to a senior position with the State Department's National Coordination Team in Baghdad, where he oversaw the work of roughly ten Provincial Reconstruction Teams. Two of his sons have served in the U.S. Army in Iraq—one was seriously wounded in an IED attack and is still undergoing reconstructive surgeries; the other is currently on his second 15-month tour, stationed in Tikrit. Now back in North Carolina, Adame has even opened his home to a family of Iraqi refugees.
Read the full article, and see how Blackwater is trying to intimidate this courageous Democrat. (Huh - Blackwater using intimidation, imagine that.) Learn what he saw while under Blackwater's protection.
You know - hiring mercenaries has been the undoing of empires for a long, long time. Think Goths and Rome. (Bonus speculation - we cut their contracts in 2009. Who is going to make them an offer then?)
Give him some .01 Ammo!