Am I the only one who finds it significant that the Iraqi government chose not to reveal the existence of the Blackwater USA videotape till Saturday?
The shooting occurred on Sunday, around noon. The Iraqi authorities must have had the tape in their possession for several days before they revealed its existence.
So why were they sitting on it? Certainly one thing that happened over the last week was that Blackwater USA kept repeating their version of eventsâ€”that their security guards fired only after they were attacked, and that there was no shooting from helicopters. The other thing that happened was that the U.S. embassy, and the State Department, kept supporting the Blackwater USA version.
Did someone high up in the Iraqi hierarchy declare early on: â€œLetâ€™s give them enough rope?â€
Maybe the same person who came up with the brilliant strategy of threatening to expel Blackwater USA from Iraq?