US fails to learn Machiavelli’s teaching about “own arms”. Wants to keep it secret.

Proving once again that ignorance of history really does lead to the repetition of its errors, the US State Department will rely on 21st Century Condottieri to protect its assets. What is even more interesting is that the State Dept. is trying to keep the details from its own oversight branch. l

By January 2012, the State Department will do something it’s never done before: command a mercenary army the size of a heavy combat brigade. That’s the plan to provide security for its diplomats in Iraq once the U.S. military withdraws. And no one outside State knows anything more, as the department has gone to war with its independent government watchdog to keep its plan a secret.

So the US government is now at war with itself. Fun times.

via Exclusive: U.S. Blocks Oversight of Its Mercenary Army in Iraq | Danger Room | Wired.com.

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