Some explanations are so overlooked in the middle of tangles of overwhelming, thorny, compounding irrationalities that the gleaming cleanliness of their ultimate revelation is blinding. Like: how does a law-enforcement services company go from zero to a billion-dollar government contractor inside barely a decade; how does it keep its contracts with the diplomatic entity of the United States government after its operatives kill 17 unarmed foreign civilians; how does it perform counterterrorism-support operations of the highest sensitivity; how does it hire and affiliate with top-flight CIA talent like Cofer Black, Buzzy Krongard, Rob Richer–

Oh. Erik Prince is a CIA asset.

The blade of explanation dips into the mud and emerges immaculate as the day it was forged.