There's something really depressing about reading about the United States's growing dependence on mercenaries. What's even more depressing is that our armed services are apparently the breeding ground for these soldiers of fortune, at least if you take three of the four individuals profiled in the Sunday Post. In fact, it seems more and more like the revolving door of congress person to lobbyist: do a few years in the military and then join up with a mercenary unit and get paid upwards of $500 a day.
Of course, we American taxpayers are paying these gun thugs' salaries, gussied up and sanitized under the generic "contractors" label. It's a big shell game, meant to line the pockets of a few well-placed ruling class executives with money from the public trough: you "shrink" the military and "contract out" the boring business of war: feeding and housing the troops, etc.; then you pay firms (that just happen to be headed by the same old gang of friends -- it's a small world) exorbitant amounts of taxpayer money to do the jobs the military used to do. It's a brilliant way to extract even more money out of the national coffers for the military-industrial complex while pretending you're "shrinking government."
And here's the big question: while BushCo is certainly elevating this practice to a higher level, does anyone think the system would be so very different under the Democrats?