The Curmudgeon


Saturday, October 09, 2010

What's Good For M and M Enterprises is Good For America

The American Senate armed services committee has discovered evidence of private security firms (mercenary groups, in Standard English) "funnelling US taxpayers' dollars to Afghan warlords and strongmen linked to murder, kidnapping, bribery as well as Taliban and other anti-coalition activities". Undoubtedly it was sheer incompetence, since there is no possibility that a private company would have any interest in prolonging a situation where taxpayers' dollars were being thrown at the said private company. One of the companies involved is a certain ArmorGroup, a British outfit which presumably adopted the American spelling as a gesture of gratitude to its involuntary sponsors. The Senate committee has found that ArmorGroup, wishing to use local labour for their security staff, hired two rival Afghan gangsters as employment agents, with predictably termination-oriented results. The smarties at ArmorGroup named their subcontractors after characters in Reservoir Dogs, which seems to be the aspect that Britain's leading liberal newspaper finds most interesting.


  • At 10:03 pm , Anonymous darjeeling junkie said...

    Who'd've thunk it? I'm thinking of changing my name to darjeeling tinkerbell-faeries are dropping dead all over town because of this revelation.

  • At 11:47 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    I seem to detect a certain sarcasm here. Please remember - the Senate armed services committee is only a committee, and therefore can hardly be expected to have so rapid and comprehensive an appreciation of the blindingly obvious as a mere campanological resource.


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