Griffin announced his resignation just a day after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ordered a series of measures to boost government oversight of the private guards the department uses to protect its diplomats in Iraq.
The steps were recommended by a review panel Rice created after a Sept. 16 incident in which Blackwater personnel are accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians. The panel found serious lapses in the department's oversight of such guards, who are employed by Griffin's bureau.
I think Condo's order for more oversight is bullshit, based on the fact that this war has been going on for over 4 years and no one has worried about oversight on the mercenaries before now. I also think Griffin is just a sacrificial lamb.
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