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."


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

With all those contractors in Iraq being paid more money than our troops it should be obvious to anyone that the war is being fought to make a few people rich and to safeguard that oil for exxonmobilbp.

Mary Ellen said...

I'm just saddened by the fact that the contractors guarded Bremer so well. It's the one time I wish they would have shown themselves to be as incompetent as Bush.

The way our troops are treated by Bush is a crime. I was shocked when I heard Petreaus saying that our troops so believed in their "mission" that they are signing up again. He didn't mention the fact that a larger percentage than ever, have not re-enlisted. In fact, they are losing to many Captains that they are in a serious short supply.

Splotchy said...

Bremer could have avoided the exorbitant cost of Blackwater's services if when he had unilaterally disbanded the Republican Guard, he instead reassigned them to his personal security detail.

A scary thought is that this would have been a better idea than what ended up happening.

pygalgia said...

Nice phrasing. It's a corporate dream and a human nightmare.

Fran said...

That whole Blackwater business is scary shit. A few weeks back I linked to a post at Kiko's House on this topic.

The guy who runs it is- quelle suprise- a Christian wingnut.

Great- another scary asshat with apolcalyptic fantasies.

This is very bad indeed.

BTW - I like the moibus ribbon.

Anonymous said...

Aw, ya know readin' an rithmatic warn't never my bestest subjects in school.

Yer Preznit,

BAC said...

Well said.


Anonymous said...

Contractors' deaths count too.

Dr. Zaius said...

The perfect image and a strong message. What a great post!