Prince's rehearsed answer about Blackwater not being a mercenary force -- "we're Americans fighting for America"/ "a mercenary force is hired by a foreign army" -- shows just how out of touch and clueless he is. From the Iraqi perspective, Blackwater fits perfectly the definition of a mercenary force -- a for-profit killing force hired by (our) foreign army. Does he really not see that?
The entire interview with Blackwater expert Jeremy Scahill -- who wrote the definitive book on the rise of the private army -- can be streamed from the PBS site. Scahill does a tremendous job of exposing Prince and Blackwater for what they are -- a taxpayer-funded, for-profit, private killing force that operates outside the rule of law.