Friday, June 15, 2007

The Business of War

Aegis - The Business of War
Originally uploaded by Kier42.
And it's not just in Iraq... Looks like we're contracting out military intervention in Central and South America.

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.

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.
Er, people are surprised this is going on?

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.

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