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