One of the things the Democrats learned from Vietnam was that the American voters might accept causing us to lose a war but they didn't react well to spitting on soldiers when they came home. They have applied this lesson to Iraq, doing everyting possible to cause us to lose while still ritually reciting how much they supported the troops and loved them, even as they accused them of attrocities. The recent controversy over alleged civilian casualties caused by the Blackwater private security firm has been something of a catharsis for Democrats, allowing them to vent all that anger and hatred they have for the military, only in a politically safe way. Since Blackwater is staffed almost exclusively by the most elite of former soldiers, the Green Berets, Seals, Marine Recons, it is basically a proxy for the U.S. military. Since its main mission in Iraq is guarding U.S. diplomats and othe VIPs, it is clearly an arm of the government. So what better target for the democrats? They can attack Blackwater and get the satisfaction of attacking men who pull triggers for a living and face death every day. As a bonus, they can make the U. S. mission more difficult by undermining essential security. And as every news report points out in the first couple of paragraphs, Blackwater is a billion dollar company, so there is the added satisfaction of attacking an evil corporation. Plus, they can still claim to support the troops. Is it great to be a moonbat Democrat or what? Republican support for Blackwater has been timid, which is hardly surprising since the typical Republican response to any Democrat attack is to immediately go into the fetal position. Republicans seem to fight back aggressively only when they are backstabbing their own supporters, eg on immigration. The State Department is conducting a "review" of the latest Blackwater controversy when they opened up on some Iraqi "civilians." The Blackwater vehicles are said to bear bullet marks from an attack, the former Green Berets,e tc say they were attacked, but a few Iraqis claim they weren't, so in the best tradition of the Bush administration, the iraqis are believed and the Americans are being measured for a frame job. Maybe they could put them in the same prison with the two Border Patrol agents they railroaded. If the Republican presidential candidates had any balls, they would make this the defining issue of the campaign. Put the Democrats in the position of siding with those who are after Blackwater, eg the corrput Iraqi government. Put the Republicans on the side of former Green Berets, Seals, etc who risk their lives to protect American diplomats. Let the American people decide.