I remain as sure as ever that we must revisit our nation's policies involving private military contractors. This should serve as a lesson to all of us that relying on private military contractors who answer to a for-profit corporation instead of military commanders is an ill-advised protocol.
In this broader context of the U.S. willingness to provide arms for Gulf allies, direct contracts between the defense industry and the U.A.E. appear to be a win-win situation for everyone -- except the critics of the U.A.E. regime.
Anyone who thinks Blackwater is in serious trouble is dead wrong. Even if -- and this is a big if -- the company pulled out of Iraq tomorrow, business has never been better and its future looks bright.