Blackwater and Romney Team Up, Target Children

This post, written by Steven Reynolds, originally appeared The All Spin Zone

Seems Mitt Romney is intimately tied in with the leadership at Blackwater. I've no idea how this connection came about, but he's taking advice on substantial issues, like counterterrorism policy, from Blackwater's #2 man, though, of course, Blackwater stands to benefit from any action Romney might take a President. Conflict? These are Republicans.

The interesting things you learn! Wow! This article in The Nation indicates you can buy onesies for a baby with the Blackwater USA logo on it. Just visit the Blackwater company store! We just bought several gifts for baby showers, and we didn't even know about this. Missed opportunity -- wouldn't it look stylish on a baby girl?

But I digress. It seems Mitt Romney is closely aligned with Blackwater. That same article from The Nation notes that he uses Blackwater USA's number two man Cofer Black as his senior counterterrorism advisor.
Meanwhile, Blackwater is deep in the camp of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Cofer Black is Romney's senior adviser on counterterrorism. At the recent CNN/YouTube debate, when Romney refused to call waterboarding torture, he said, "I'm not going to specify the specific means of what is and what is not torture so that the people that we capture will know what things we're able to do and what things we're not able to do. And I get that advice from Cofer Black, who is a person who was responsible for counterterrorism in the CIA for some thirty-five years." That was an exaggeration of Black's career at the CIA (he was there twenty-eight years and head of counterterrorism for only three), but a Romney presidency could make Blackwater's business under Bush look like a church bake sale.
This seems a conflict of interest or something, and Romney is not just ignoring that conflict, but exploiting it. Cofer Black works in a business whose profits are intimately tied to how we conduct the "War on Terror," thus all of his advice is a bit suspect. Sure, Cofer Black could be right in his analysis, but how would you ever know that his opinion on any issue is guided by integrity rather than by monied interest? Seems a serious judgement issue on Romney's part, at least to me. It's not like Blackwater has a reputation for integrity, after all.

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