The Privatization of US Led Wars. The Pentagon’s Private Contractors | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

The Privatization of US Led Wars. The Pentagon’s Private Contractors

When the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, of the $87 billion earmarked for the first year of the campaign, $30 billion was budgeted for private contractors. That’s 34% of the entire invasion-budget. Over the course of the 8-year US occupation of Iraq, the largest private recipient of Pentagon contracts was Kellogg Brown and Root, an engineering and construction company, which grossed $40.6 billion from the occupation. According to a 2011 report by the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, at least $60 billion in Pentagon expenditure on private contractors over the period 2001-2011 could be classified as “fraud” or “waste.” This report estimated the level of “waste” at the time of publication at $12 million per day.

One of the reasons for using mercenaries instead of regular army is the maintenance of deniability. Mercenaries occupy a legal “grey zone” which positions them to perform the kinds of operations which governments must deny. Another factor is that fatalities among mercenaries are not counted in the US Army’s official casualty-figures, so the deployment of mercenaries is seen as less politically toxic.

However, when it comes to the issue of which activities the state does and does not assume exclusive responsibility for, the issue of criminal deniability in wartime is only the tip of the political iceberg. The existence of private entities which wage war, bankrolled by governments but still effectively unregulated by governments, in itself constitutes an erosion of “the state.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These numbers are pretty damned horrifying and depressing; perhaps not for a government ankle deep in war crimes, as the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika has become.

I remember a time in my life, when I really believed that the US government and its military would never do anything horrible or unethical; then came the Vietnam War, and all the horrors it created, and it became impossible to look at this country other than as the vampire/vulture it had become, expropriating resources to which it had utterly no moral right, then insuring that such resources were only sold in US dollars.

This country may need private armies; but only for the care, and well-being of its citizens, particularly for the most fragile among them; not creating wars which demand mercenary support to win.

And every time the US military hires mercs for a war, they already have absolutely lost the moral high ground; forgive me, but wasn't acting from the moral high ground used to be what this country was supposed to be all about?!?

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one look at brown and root history will make ya want to hurel.
ladybird was no lady.

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