The New York Times, along with much of corporate Western media, specialize in investigative stories that show the corruptness of much of US Government Foreign Policies – years after it happened and the particular perpetrators either no longer around, or relevant.
So we have this “reveal” about the mercenary firm, Blackwater from James Risen in Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater which discusses how beyond the pale Blackwater was, with the leader of the contingent in Iraq – an ex-Navy SEAL Team 6 – threatening to kill auditors from the State Department who were finding serious violations regarding Blackwater conduct, billing and services. (Buried in there was “even killing civilians”). The response from the State Department was to send the auditors home. This was just weeks prior to 17 civilians being arbitrarily killed which caused a huge diplomatic incident that reverberated down the line. (Risen coyly refers to this being a “factor” in Iraq’s refusal to have US troops stay beyond 2011 without being clear that the sticking factor was that the USG wanted its troops to have full immunity from local prosecution for any actions. In other words a bunch of drunken troops or those high on legally sanctioned amphetamines can shoot up a school and any “justice” they would face would be back in the US.)
Stories like the one Risen provides serve to provide titillating entertainment to the masses while also allowing the NYT to show how “independent” and “free” they are in terms of being able to investigate the conduct of US Government foreign policy.
The reality is this: this story would have made more of an impact it came out around the same time as the events were happening.
For example: if Risen really wanted to make an impact now, he would hunt down the rumors of Blackwater/Academi/Constellis Holdings are active in Ukraine. The State Department has denied it (despite discussion not just in the dreaded Russian media but Der Speigel – one of the Good Guys! – as well). The State Department view seems good enough for these intrepid investigators who are content to believe and amplify whatever the US State Department says is happening instead of independently investigating the truth behind the allegations.
Years later, Risen or one of his protégés will no doubt pen a Pulitzer winning article detailing how Nuland and co meticulously planned the coup that removed Yanukovych from power; how the Right sector and fascist forces (which by the time the story is written would be detrimental to US Government interests) were the cause of the sniper shootings that killed unarmed protesters AND riot police in the Maidan thus provoking a causus belli for the final push; how the US government coordinated military activities against those rebelling with their Ukranian counterparts; the use of mercenaries as rumored.
By then it won’t matter of course: it will be just a footnote in History, like the 1953 Iranian coup, the Gulf of Tonkin false flag attack, the 1973 Chilean coup…and the many many many US government machinations before, during and since that many sources alleged at the time but were “too sensitive” to investigate.
A key factor of these “investigations” is that no one will go to jail or even be prosecuted. All it serves is just a rear view look in the mirror of a hit-and-run even as the car is lining up for another.
And so it goes.