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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Smokey's Corner: Cost of war

Didn't like my use of the word "looting" ... do you really like the big shareholders of Halliburton getting rich from *your* hard-earned dollars?

From 4 July 2007 edition of the Oakland Tribune:

More private contractors than U.S. troops in Iraq, report says
By T. Christian Miller, Los Angeles Times

The number of U.S.-paid private contractors in Iraq now exceeds that of American combat troops, newly released figures show, raising fresh questions about the privatization of the war effort and the government's capacity to carry out military and rebuilding campaigns.

More than 180,000 civilians — including Americans, foreigners and Iraqis — are working in Iraq under U.S. contracts, according to State and Defense Department figures obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Including the recent troop surge, 160,000 soldiers and a few thousand civilian government employees are stationed in Iraq.

Stumble It!


At 11:16 AM, Blogger Geoffrey said...

Looking for something interesting to read this summer?


At 12:14 PM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Smoke, I agree with the use of the term "looting." You'll be outraged, no doubt, to hear that the $500 million U.S. embassy in Iraq, built by Kellog, Brown and Root in a no-bid contract courtesy of their former CEO Dick Cheney, had to be abandoned because it's unlivable. The air is toxic with formaldehyde, the brand-new appliances don't work, and fuel has leaked into the ground around the building, rendering it even more toxic.


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