Blackwater’s Prince: Congress gave me ‘proctology’
The irrepressible chairman of Xe Services, once known as Blackwater Worldwide, said Thursday that he’s tired of “proctology” exams from Congress and is abandoning government business forever.
“I will be exiting the U.S. government market completely,” the former Navy SEAL said in a CNBC interview.
“After three-and-a-half years of an assault by some of the bureaucracy, a sort of proctology exam brought on by some in Congress, it’s time to hang it up, because some in Washington view politics more important than performance in the field.”
Prince, formerly chief executive of Blackwater, said he hadn’t been involved in day-to-day activities at Xe “for about a year now,” although he remains chairman. The firm recently announced that it was seeking a buyer. In the meantime, it has been “awarded new security work in the last few weeks,” Prince confirmed.
SpyTalk reported Wednesday that the CIA had awarded Xe a new $100 million contract for protective services in Afghanistan and elsewhere, on top of a $120 million State Department deal to guard new consulates under construction in Afghanistan.
In Iraq, the government recently gave the firm a week to leave the country and banned it from further activity there. The decision followed a U.S. court ruling that threw out charges against several Blackwater guards in a 2007 shooting in Iraq that killed 17 people.
“We’re still heavily engaged in Afghanistan and around the world,” Prince said.
The beleaguered executive also expressed sympathy for commanders in Afghanistan, who under their erstwhile leader, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, he maintained, operated under Soviet-style political commissars.
They have "constant restraints on what they could do,” he said.
“I mean, you can’t drop a bomb from an airplane in Afghanistan without having a lawyer sign off on it. We almost allowed lawyers to become what political officers were in the Soviet Union, the guys that can truly approve, and nix, anything a battlefield commander can do.”
“It makes it so tough …." he added, "to be constantly second-guessed by lawyers, inspector generals and sniping critics back in Washington."
| June 24, 2010; 4:23 PM ET
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