When you hear the name Blackwater, you think of gung-ho, well paid, trigger-happy military contractors who cause international incidents. This isn't entirely inaccurate, but it's not the full story, which is told through a new book by Sean McFate: The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order.
Between 2003 and 2004 Blackwater security expert Frank Gallagher managed the impossible — keeping Paul Bremer, the de facto head of state for newly invaded Iraq alive through a violent insurgency. At times, it was a close-run thing. This was one of those times. — Ed.
You're probably familiar with Blackwater Worldwide, the mercenary group that works in warzones and doesn't allow itself to be held back by silly things like ethics or respect for human life. Well, they're looking to hire some new mercenaries, and they know that they want people with wartime experience. That means…