Recruiters for controversial Blackwater Worldwide, which provides "paid contractors" (i.e. – mercenaries) to supplement United States forces in Iraq, apparently distribute consoles and popular video games to spread good will among American forces.
That’s likely because former military personnel make up the bulk of Blackwater employees. An Associated Press profile on the company notes:
[Blackwater exec] Bill Mathews… said during a recent interview with The Associated Press. "This is sort of the quintessential veteran-owned, -operated and -managed company. Almost everybody is a former U.S. serviceman…"
Blackwater recruiter James Overton is working on packing a Microsoft Xbox video-game console, modem, TV projector and "Guitar Hero" video game into a kit that can be kicked out of a Blackwater cargo plane and dropped to troops in Afghanistan.
"When I was in Baghdad, we’d bring soldiers over to our camp over there, and we’d play this thing for hours on end," Overton said. "Every (military) place I’ve ever been to overseas, they’ve got like backgammon and Parcheesi and chess, and they’re all gathering dust. But this is the stuff they play at home. And any semblance of home we can give them is best."