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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 5:16 am 
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In a largely invisible cost of the war in Iraq, nearly 800 civilians working under contract to the Pentagon have been killed and more than 3,300 hurt doing jobs normally handled by the U.S. military, according to figures gathered by The Associated Press.

Exactly how many of these employees doing the Pentagon's work are Americans is uncertain. But the casualty figures make it clear that the Defense Department's count of more than 3,100 U.S. military dead does not tell the whole story.

"It's another unseen expense of the war," said Thomas Houle, a retired Air Force reservist whose brother-in-law died while driving a truck in Iraq. "It's almost disrespectful that it doesn't get the kind of publicity or respect that a soldier would."

Employees of defense contractors such as Halliburton, Blackwater and Wackenhut cook meals, do laundry, repair infrastruture, translate documents, analyze intelligence, guard prisoners, protect military convoys, deliver water in the heavily fortified Green Zone and stand sentry at buildings — often highly dangerous duties almost identical to those performed by many U.S. troops.

The U.S. has outsourced so many war and reconstruction duties that there are almost as many contractors (120,000) as U.S. troops (135,000) in the war zone.


This, of course, effects the totals of dead and injured but we don't see them counted. More at link...

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Mercenaries by any other name. What a way to buy a war. This makes the troops mad.

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The contractors are paid handsomely for the risks they take, with some making $100,000 or more per year, mostly tax-free — at least six times more than a new Army private, a rank likely to be driving a truck or doing some other unskilled work.

The difference in pay can create ill will between the contractors and U.S. troops.

"When they are side by side doing the same job, there is some resentment," said Rick Saccone, who worked as an intelligence contractor in Baghdad for a year.


Some resentment! Yeah, I guess! :roll:

So this is another place where the war is hidden ftrom us. How many other ingenious methods do they have to skew the figures of dead and wounded. The article also mentions that dead and wounded among these "Contractors" add about 25% to the overall figures.

If this was bottom line economics with the taxpayers in mind- after all the costs are added up- it's too bad we won't just buy our way out of war.

Obviously blood is a lot cheaper than oil/gold when it flows. As long as it flows from taxpayers.

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While blood flows horizontally out of the bodies of our soldiers and out of the bodies of the Iraqi people, the military industry stock value flows vertically...straight up.

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