The NYT has an investigative bit documenting the present whereabouts and whatabouts of Blackwater (or Xe or whatever it is now) head weirdo Erik Prince. In case you were wondering, the nasty little sod has popped up the Emirates and is presently struggling to set up a mercenary legion tasked in part with protecting the local royals from all that revolution sweeping the region. Seems the Emirati don't even trust their own forces with protecting them...
At least Mr. Prince is a bonafide war-whore. None are in doubt about his loyalties and interests.
However, in Canada our elected leaders are much less honest about their mercenary tendencies. Indeed, see, they've taken the men and women in the units that make the Canadian Forces and, without telling the public or parliament, sought to employ them in a war instigated by one of our neighbours and allies. One could say that Jean Chretien and probably Stephen Harper conspired to steal an armed forces to use for their own personal causes. Your neighbours, relatives and tax dollars provide the blood and treasure for this army, but you nor your elected representatives have much of a say in how they're used if the Prime Minister sees fit not to inform you.
Now to be fair, members of the armed forces have at various times been deployed to places that the public has not been told about. This is common practice across most major and intermediate powers who like to stick their fingers in the world. But these doings are often very low key, low risk, below the radar affairs. They are NOT full on invasions and occupations of foreign states. And especially not those trumping international law, and rationalised on lies.
That reality makes the Canadian Forces a publicly subsidized mercenary legion for prime ministerial whims. That a prime minister can stand before parliament and the public who put him there and lie about the participation of the armed forces in a major war (or two) is beyond the pale.
No wonder they like to play dress-up in military uniforms: It's their army now.