04 September 2006
Blairites sell off armoured vehicles, leaving troops with crappy Land Rovers in Iraq
The Mamba armoured vehicle is the vehicle of choice for the Blackwater company, purveyers of mercenaries to Iraq. As you can see from the photo they are rather proud of these monsters, and as this article shows, they use them to ferry their goons between Baghdad's airport and the Blackwater base without any problems.
So why did the Blairites sell Blackwater these 14 vehicles, thus leaving the British army to trot around in unarmoured Land Rovers? To add insult to injury, they were sold off for less than a 100th of their original £4.5 million purchase price.
The excuse that they are too heavy and cost too much to maintain sounds a bit lame - Blackwater have no trouble looking after the vehicles.