I wouldn't be so skeptical. Afterall, the stories about the wrecklessness and lawlessness of the rent-a-soldiers have been all over the international (espcially M.E.) media for YEARS. It's only been the past 6 months or so have such stories permeated the US media. In actuality, much of the abuse and hard booted tactics that the MILITARY has been blamed for has actually been perpetrated by the companies being paid by US tax dollars. Which no doubt frustrates the military and now we can see them not keeping quiet any more. See the military exposing Blackwater's culpability in the massacre of citizens in September.
Meet the new boss same as the old boss.
BigChiefDave:"Anyone who thought we would only be in Iraq for a few years is either stoned or just stoopid."
"It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last 6 days, 6 wks. I doubt 6 mths." Rummy 2/7/03