Logic Behind Blackwater Contract Renewal Difficult to Find

The State Department’s renewal of its contract with Blackwater shows the gap between operational necessity and public perception. All the evidence available from reports of those in Iraq using their services is that Blackwater has worked offensively to project a much more efficient, user-friendly image. They are also now being far more closely supervised and are working even more closely with the military. Yet the public reaction to the continuation of the Blackwater contract is clearly negative.