Majority Of Coalition In Iraq Made Up Of Private Contractors


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According to a recent census that includes the troop "surge," private contractors make up the majority of the Coalition forces in Iraq. Rather than a coalition of the willing, we have a "coalition of the billing."

The occupation of Iraq has been under constant criticism for being to understaffed to achieve it's mission, but that was with the understanding that the 160,000 U.S. troops make up the bulk of the force. It turns out, according to a recent report, that that is less than half of the total coalition manpower. There is somewhere north of 180,000 private contractors working with the U.S. military on this mission, and that's not counting the thousands of armed private security personnel hired to protect various VIPs and diplomats.

There have been private contractors involved, to some extent, in all wars. But, military experts agree that the extend to which the Bush Administration is depending on corporations to fight its wars in unprecedented in American history. One as to wonder, when congress is asked for more money, if they understand that they are funneling this kind of money into the hands of corporations.

One also has to wonder, when you consider the total manpower of the coalition forces is really 340,000, just how many troops it really would take to secure any kind of stability in Iraq.


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