Pelton's "Licensed to Kill"
A cherished piece of dogma in Patriot circles is fueled by the oath taken by all .mil folks to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
According to the belief, this oath will cause many US military personnel to act in accordance with their allegiance to the Constitution and thwart tyrannical acts by a future government.
For all I know, that's exactly what will happen.
It sure would be nice to have friends with neat toys and experience in running same.
But what happens if the shooters in the employ of the .gov are not military, but contractors?
Robert Young Pelton's Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror is a must for anyone trying to answer that question. The author takes us inside companies such as Blackwater and Triple Canopy, and outlines why private contractors have such an appeal to bureaucrats like the State Department and the CIA.
I'll bet you won't like your conclusions about the future of such operations very much.
UPDATE: Thanks to Wayne, who pointed out the following video clips for your consideration and analysis.