From Toby Muse at the Associated Press:
U.S. defense contractors are receiving nearly half the money allotted by Washington to fight cocaine trafficking and leftist rebels in Colombia, throwing into doubt their mission to train Colombians to replace them.Er, people are surprised this is going on?
When U.S. defense contractors were first hired by the U.S. government in 2000 to help the Colombian government under the multibillion-dollar Plan Colombia aid package, American officials assumed the contractors would be gradually replaced as they trained Colombians.
But a recent State Department report obtained by The Associated Press shows more U.S. aid going to private companies, igniting criticism of the spending in Congress.
The American military-industrial machine isn't just about hardware, but people. And plenty of them. Hired guns.
Things will never be the same.
The world portrayed by Robocop (and I'm not talking about the robocop himself here) is soon upon us.