Sunday, April 18, 2004

The Dogs of War

The Bush Administration is hiring mercenaries and we're paying for it. The New York Times (reg'n req'd) has an article by David Barstow discussing this. In all fairness to the executive branch, Congress did require the government to outsource all duties that weren't strictly governmental. Rumsfeld has merely decided that security in a military occupation isn't an inherently governmental task.

Think of it as Rumsfeld's way of actually getting the troops more money by putting the Spec Ops people on the payroll as consultants rather than soldiers.

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