The Mercenaries We Leave Behind

As the US military withdraws from Iraq, contractors will be on security detail for diplomats. Ominously, the State Department isn't talking about how they'll keep them under control:

As far as [Stuart Bowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR)] is concerned, even though there’s been a nearly 90 percent drop in violence since the surge, State’s hired army still acts like Iraq is a killing field, with death squads and insurgents around every corner. “Have the standards for convoy travel changed at all from the worst moments of Iraq civil war? The answer’s no,” Bowen says. Diplomats are allowed an hour for meetings outside secured U.S. fortresses. Then it’s time to hit the road, in armored cars full of men armed to the teeth and wearing black sunglasses.