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Journal SPAM: Democrats Won't Stop Bush's Mercenary Armies in Iraq 1

According to the Government Accountability Office, there are now some 48,000 employees of private military companies in Iraq. These not-quite G.I. Joes, working for Blackwater and other major U.S. firms, can clear in a month what some active-duty soldiers make in a year. "We got 126,000 contractors over there, some of them making more than the secretary of Defense," said House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha. "How in the hell do you justify that?"

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Democrats Won't Stop Bush's Mercenary Armies in Iraq

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  • The same way the politicians justify voting themselves a raise. The same way that heads of corporations justify nepotic promotions. The same way that investment brokers justify their own special edition of insider trading. The same way GW Bush justified a war.

    Check the numbers?

    It's the estimated 126,000 private military "contractors" who will stay put there as long as Congress continues funding the war.

    I don't see why contractors needed to be in quotes.

    According to the Government Accountability Office, there are now some 48,000 employees of private military companies in Iraq

    But that's a difference of 78000 employees.

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman estimates that $4 billion in taxpayer money has so far been spent in Iraq on these armed "security" companies like Blackwater -- with tens of billions more going to other war companies like KBR and Fluor for "logistical" support

    Let's take the higher number, 126000, and say "tens of billions" is 15 billion. 15 billion and 4 billion is 19 billion. That works o

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