Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Contractor Nation -- Iraqi Style
Just one more sign. From Marketplace
U.S. troops quit Iraq, but large U.S. presence remains
”Mark Toner: An overall diplomatic presence in 2012 will be about 15,000 to 16,000.”
”And all but 2,000 of them will be contractors.”
”That miniature army will be operating on a shoestring. The State Department budget request for 2012 includes only around $5 billion for operations in Iraq -- a fraction of the $46 billion Harrison says we spent this year.
Dov Zakheim was an undersecretary of defense in the administration of George W. Bush. He wonders if that's enough for proper oversight.”
”One way State could do it? Hire more contractors to supervise all the other contractors.”
When we start talking about contracting out the Inspector General functions of the United States government?...We’re headed down the road to ruin. And make no mistake about it, all of it is to enrich the contractors -- not the workers. You may think you’re getting a deal -- a cushy job in retirement -- but you’re really just contributing to our demise as a people.
We (business owners) think we can get away with shifting training costs onto others (government/taxpayers). We think we can get away with paying others (citizens) less money and fewer benefits. We think we can get away with letting illegals pick our food for some wealthy land owner disguised as a “small” farmer.
We can’t. We are reaping what we have sowed right now. We cannot contract out our troubles. “Contractor” only changes the name of mercenaries and indentured servants. It does not change the function.
There is no justice without economic justice. And without justice, there is no peace. Beware.
December 20, 2011