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March 29, 2009

OBAMA PLANS SURGE IN MERCENARIES FOR AFGHANISTAN

Jim Hightower, Creators Syndicate - As Obama begins winding down the war in Iraq, he is building up his own war farther east. Like Bush, he will depend on private military contractors. . We're told that it will be a new, expanded, extra-special American adventure in Afghanistan, involving a vigorous surge strategy to "stabilize" this perpetually unstable land. . .

The extra-special part of this effort is to come from a simultaneous "civilian surge" of hundreds of U.S. economic development experts. . . What Obama has not mentioned is that, in addition to soldiers and civilians, there is a third surge in his plan: private military contractors. . .

Already, there are 71,000 private contractors operating in Afghanistan, and many more are preparing to deploy as Pentagon spending ramps up for Obama's war. The military is now offering new contracts to security firms to provide armed employees (aka, mercenaries) to guard U.S. bases and convoys. . .

Meanwhile, here's an interesting twist to Obama's contractor surge: the for-hire guards protecting our bases and convoys will not likely be Americans. The Associated Press has reported that of the 3,847 security contractors in Afghanistan, only nine are U.S. firms.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Justice said...

"The military budget is simply an enormous pork barrel of special privilege, the privileges taking the form of windfall profits, of no-risk profits and, most importantly, of enormous outlays of capital supplied by the Pentagon to arms contractors." - Walter Karp

"War seldom enters but where wealth allures." - John Dryden

March 30, 2009 12:11 PM  

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