Democrats Won’t Stop Bush’s Mercenary Armies in Iraq
Posted by nytexan on May 12, 2007
I find this completely disturbing and this makes me very angry. Bush and Cheney will manage to continue the destruction in Iraq even if we bring the troops home.
The Democrats’ plan does almost nothing to address the second largest force in Iraq — the estimated 126,000 private military “contractors” who will stay put there as long as Congress continues funding the war.
The Shadow War in Iraq
While all of this is troubling, there is another disturbing fact which speaks volumes about the Democrats’ lack of insight into the nature of this unpopular war — and most Americans will know next to nothing about it. Even if the President didn’t veto their legislation, the Democrats’ plan does almost nothing to address the second largest force in Iraq — and it’s not the British military. It’s the estimated 126,000 private military “contractors” who will stay put there as long as Congress continues funding the war.
The 145,000 active duty U.S. forces are nearly matched by occupation personnel that currently come from companies like Blackwater USA and the former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, which enjoy close personal and political ties with the Bush administration.
Until Congress reins in these massive corporate forces and the whopping federal funding that goes into their coffers, partially withdrawing U.S. troops may only set the stage for the increased use of private military companies (and their rent-a-guns) which stand to profit from any kind of privatized future “surge” in Iraq.
At what million dollar mark in their bank accounts, will Bush, Cheney and their corporate buddies have to reach before they get every hired gun out of Iraq? Criminals, war profiteers, despicable beings.