Prince: It’s Everyone’s Fault But Mine

Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater (which has now been sold and gone through at least two name changes), has a new book out in which he blames everyone but himself for his company’s well-earned bad reputation. And he seems to think that it was outrageous for the government to mistreat him so:

Blackwater founder Erik Prince gives his loudest rebuke yet of a government he says threw him under the bus in a new book, “Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror.”

“If I could send a message back to my younger self, it would be: Do not work for the State Department at all,” he told Bloomberg Businessweek on his recent press circuit.

Really, Erik? That’s the lesson you’ve learned? Maybe instead you should go back and tell your younger self not to have your company violate federal law by exporting illegal weapons and not to have your workers open fire and kill innocent people on a regular basis. You had to pay $42 million to the State Department because you intentionally broke the law. They didn’t throw you under the bus, you threw yourself under the bus.

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