Private War

There’s been some attention in the blogosphere this weekend to an AP article detailing government punishment of whistleblowers –we’re talking military confinement and “aggressive” interrogation techniques, not lost jobs. It’s a must-read, but I’d suggest starting with some more background first, in particular “The Great Iraq Swindle”, which details the corruption and profiteering that has gone on from day one in Iraq.

If you’ve read Imperial Life in the Emerald City, or even the excerpts that were published elsewhere, you already know part of the story, but the articles referenced above pick up where it left off. Private contractors have made a fortune off the backs of the American people and to the detriment of our military, and they walk away with no accountability for the millions they’ve stolen or the lives they’ve destroyed.  Meanwhile those who try to bring public attention to the corruption find themselves in the line of fire.

Go read, but I don’t recommend eating first.  This will make you ill.

4 Responses to “Private War”

  1. PTSD Mom says:

    Kathy,

    The following phrase says it all, “Operation Iraqi Freedom, it turns out, was never a war against Saddam ­Hussein’s Iraq. It was an invasion of the federal budget, and no occupying force in history has ever been this efficient.”

    Being from Houston I had an awareness of some of the companies close to the administration. When the talk of war started, I named the biggies that I thought would get no bid contracts. Via the internet I tried to explain what I saw happening. (I don’t remember blogging being part of the culture at that time.) So many laughed and told me that such a thing simply could not happen. When the war started articles in the papers named the exact companies I had suggested and the fact that the contracts were no bid.

    IT DID happen and in a big way and still the average American does not seem to “get it”.

    Still———–no accountability.

    In my head I picture flag draped caskets filled with money, lots of big money. This enrages me. Those soldiers are are children, our husbands and wives, our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters . I see Iraqi families screaming in helpless pain and outrage over their losses. They are paying a huge price for what? For a couple of vacation homes? For tropical vacations? For country club memberships? For … For …. For… This is outrageous.

    Sorry———-You hit a nerve with this one. I am passionate and on a rant. I am just damned mad that our citizens are so busy with their lives that most are not even talking about this. Thanks for giving me a place to get it out.

  2. PTSD Mom says:

    Kathy,

    So far away. Yet, a little too close to home.

  3. Kathy says:

    IT DID happen and in a big way and still the average American does not seem to “get it”.

    This is so true. The problem with cost-plus military contracts has been around as long as I can remember, and I think many people see the headline of articles like the one I referenced and think they’re old news. But this privatization of war has gone far beyond what we’ve seen in the past. There’s a double whammy — soldiers see independent contractors doing work they used to do for much bigger salaries, but at the same time there’s the story of the employee who was severely injured in Iraq and then cut loose with no medical coverage. That one seems to reflect the attitude of a lot of employers in other lines of work — employees are interchangeable and expendable.

    These contractors are robbing taxpayers blind, but it’s the war protesters who aren’t patriotic? Something is wrong with this picture.

  4. PTSD Mom says:

    You said it all very well. The entire situation has been stunning from top to bottom. Yes, there are always people that profit from war. The profit here has moved into shocking numbers.

    Privatization of the war was bizarre to me. I did not understand why people were not very upset about this happening.

    Taking money out of the coffers all the while the US infra structure is crumbling. Helllllooooooo. People should be outraged.

    Yes, there is something very wrong with this picture.

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