Read this book to understand how our government works. Politicians will say one thing on television and then do just the opposite in private, and sometimes that’s a good thing. If we made it easy to go to war we’d be doing it all the time. Nobody wants that, so our elected officials cut the military budget, debate hotly any movement of our boys overseas, and then when something absolutely positively has to be done they hire a contractor. That’s Blackwater.
The whole title of Prince’s book is Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror. Prince is the founder and former CEO of the security contractor Blackwater that protected American diplomats and performed many other duties in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. After doing exactly what they’d been paid to do Blackwater and Erik Prince were later vilified in the media and congressional hearings by the same people who hired them. Forced by contractual obligations to be silent about Blackwater’s activities, Prince is now opening up with both barrels, and he’s dishing some dirt.
I write international thriller fiction based on reality, and books like Civilian Warriors supplement my own experience in creating stories. I’m working on a geopolitical thriller now, The Fourth Domain, and there is a civilian contractor deeply involved.