Daily Kos or Our Troops?

The Daily Kos, has published another great piece. DK, it is not a choice of Contractors or Our Troops. The liberal media is why the recent Blackwater incident on the radar. The only ones claiming it is a choice between the two is the liberal crap being published, like this piece.

It is you that are not on the same side, and haven’t been ever. This story seems like politcal posturing for the Hillary Camp, who wants to abolish the use of all security firms. Who’s going to take their place? Maybe you can volunteer Kos, then you can be in Iraq the next time Michelle Malkin goes there and maybe you can be assigned to protect her.

Blackwater or *our* troops?

Fri Oct 05, 2007 at 04:10:43 PM PDT

Given the choice, the wingnuts always choose Blackwater over our own troops. They’re not on the same side, and haven’t been ever.

“It was obviously excessive, it was obviously wrong,” said the U.S. military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the incident remains the subject of several investigations. “The civilians that were fired upon, they didn’t have any weapons to fire back at them. And none of the IP (Iraqi Police) or any of the local security forces fired back at them.”

The whole “screw them” thing four years ago was exactly that — the wingers were more outraged over four Blackwater mercenaries killed than they were about the five Marines that had died that very same day.

I was pissed that the sacrifice of those Marines merited less attention that those of a private, profit-motivated, unaccountable militia.

It’s always been clear where the US military has stood in regards to the mercenaries. Soldiers complain about them:

“They act like they’re God’s gift to combat operations” complained one soldier to me, “Swanning around with weapons and equipment every bit as powerful as anything in our armoury, but without any of the legal  framework that we have to work within. They’re rude, aggressive and to be honest, their attitudes piss us guys off so I dread to think how the Iraqis view them”.

The top brass have been complaining about their ill effect for years:

In the post-9/11 world, demand for the commandos is not only soaring within the military. Private firms and government organizations – including the CIA – are luring away troops with bigger salaries.
“It is a very lucrative opportunity right now for special operations folks to get out and take very high-paying jobs” with private security firms, says General Brown. A 20-year veteran leaving Special Operations receives about $23,000 in retirement pay, but can earn $100,000 to $200,000 in private industry, military officials say.

With no end to the demand in sight, the military must carefully allocate SOF while increasing their ranks. To fill the current gap, it is accepting added risks with less experienced forces.

And if anyone cares (usually they don’t), the Iraqis have been complaining about them for years. This was from back in 2005:

Soldiers have for some time been angered by the salaries earned by the estimated 20,000 armed contractors working in Iraq, many of whom are ex-servicemen.

It is common for them to earn £750 a day. They provide protection for senior government officials and reconstruction projects.

They are even more unpopular with Iraqis. Interior ministry officials say at least 12 Iraqi civilians are killed by contractors every week in the capital.

“Enough is enough,” said an official at the interior ministry. “We are looking at ways to tighten weapons licenses, and to punish the worst cases. The culture of impunity must stop.”

A senior member of one private security firm in Baghdad said: “Like it or not we are combatants. If our guarantees are removed, we would have to leave.”

But given the choice between the mercenaries who impede the war effort (and profit the longer it is prolongued), and our troops trying to win, Republicans and their apologists always side with the mercenaries.



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