The Business of War

thanks-taxpayersAccording to a Defense Department census, and WSJ and NYT, US military contractor personnel outnumber US soldiers in Afghanistan. The Iraq War set this precedent, with contractor personnel outnumbering troops until recently, where the number there still tops 120,000. From WSJ:

“contractors in Afghanistan rose to almost 74,000 by June 30, far outnumbering the roughly 58,000 U.S. soldiers on the ground at that point.”

Contractors engage in constructing bases, cooking, cleaning, transport, maintenance, security, even interrogation, roles traditionally performed by enlisted military personnel. These wars are effectively outsourced to for-profit corporations, so everyone can get a piece of the lucrative pie that is the business of war.

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  1. Nibby says:

    Furrealz? That’s mareuvlosly good to know.

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