Yesterday’s visit was the president’s third to Iraq, but the importance he attached to it was underlined by the seniority of his entourage. “I brought out the A-team,” Mr Bush joked to the marines.
–Suzanne Goldenberg, “The Guardian” (Sept. 4)
Thirty-five years ago, in 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to Guantammo Prison by a military tribunal for a crime they didn’t commit: extreme rendition. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade and traveled (by raft) back into America. Today, still wanted by the government, they have been hired as soldiers of fortune (with no-bid contracts). If you have a problem, one that requires corporate-sponsored paramilitary operations, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire…the A Team.