Friday, September 14, 2007
What say we say this instead?
We have 168,000 troops in Iraq.
There are more than 180,000 "contractors" in Iraq.
Contractors are not volunteer Peace Corps workers. They are paid more in a month than a soldier makes in a year. We pay for them. So we must count them. They cannot be Bush's invisible army anymore. (Factoid: we paid private contractors -Blackwater, specifically- $21 million to guard one guy, L. Paul Bremer. Remember how well our 'public' troops were being armed at the time?)
To correctly discuss the situation say: "There are at least 350,000 combat professionals in Iraq."