The State Department’s Private Army: High-dollar, low expectations

Posted on December 12, 2011

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Uncle Sam wants YOU!

Well … actually, it’s Aunt Hillary doing the wanting, and she only wants top-dollar mercenaries. And she’s willing to spend $3 Billion of your tax dollars to get them.

The U.S. State Department (Hillary Clinton’s current stomping grounds) has hired more than 5,500 “private security contractors” to fill the void left by department U.S. military troops at the end of this month. Funny thing, though:  Nobody can seem to get an accounting of exactly how much has already been spent, nor how much is expected to be spent, on this combat brigade-sized group “operations specialists” (a.k.a., hired thugs and murderers) provided to the Pentagon – at a staggeringly steep price tag – from none other than everybody’s favorite gag-n-bag men, Blackwater.

Oh … sorry … Blackwater changed their corporate name to “Xe” in 2009 to distance themselves from their fraudulent, crime-ridden past.

Oh … sorry … Xe changed their corporate name to “Acadami” today to distance themselves from their fraudulent, crime-ridden past. (I’m guessing that, in about 8 months, they’ll change the company name to “Fluffy Pooky Kittens, Inc.”

But don’t you worry about Iraq and it’s homeland security or its infrastructure. You’re paying “Acadami” in excess of $2.9 Billion in 2012 for the privilege of their protection. Interesting note, though: That same “protection” was provided by the United States Military in 2011, at a cost of about $650 Million.

A U.S. Army Sergeant, with more than six years of experience­: $48,934 pay and benefits.

A taxpayer-f­unded mercenary for Acadami, with one year of experience­: $241,163 pay and benefits.

But nobody in the Pentagon seems to want to elaborate or provide any details on why the contractor-soldiers carry such a lofty price tag.

About as much information as the department has disclosed about its incipient private army comes from a little-noticed Senate hearing in February. There, the top U.S. military and civilian officials in Iraq said that they’d station the hired guard force at Basra, Irbil, Mosul and Kirkuk, with the majority — more than 3,000 — protecting the mega-embassy in Baghdad. They’ll ferry tax-funded diplomats around in tax-funded armored convoys and a tax-funded State-run helicopter fleet, the first in United States history.

It’s a massive expenditure of tax dollars dumped directly into the pockets of the military-industrial wing of the Plutocracy. The empire is taking its final gasps as it unwinds towards imminent financial collapse, which is just what the Plutocracy wants. They’ll pick up the pieces easily enough after the collapse and after the demise of the U.S. Constitution that has been the bane of their existence. But that won’t be for a while yet. Not until after they’ve given Americans the quality of life that your average Egyptian endures. How sad that Americans are too lazy, to ignorant, or just too busy waiting in line for the new iPhone, to recognize that they’re paying for their own demise.

But I’m getting off-track. My point about all this is the massive, corpulent discrepancy between the pay contractors get for doing the exact same work, with the exact same risks, in the exact same locations, that U.S. Military do for a fraction of that compensation.  How do you justify paying a contractor SIX TIMES what you pay a Soldier, Marine, Airman or Seaman?  Funny how nobody in Washington today – Republican or Democrat – seems to accept the Rumsfeldian “You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you want” mentality that we were shoved into Iraq with in the first place.

It was an illegal war to begin with, and to callously discuss the “intrinsic costs of protecting civilians” employed by the U.S. government in Iraq is disturbing, to say the very, very least. The Iraq debacle reduced all of our military to mercenaries and our politicians to self-serving, greedy, profiteering pimps. If you don’t think the likes of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush and untold others don’t have off shore accounts that are still getting fatter by the day from this ongoing clusterf*ck, then I’m afraid you don’t understand the real reason ‘we’ went to Iraq in the first place.

And exactly how many more decades will the “Iraqi security forces” need to “train and prepare to provide their own security?”  They’ve been “making progress” since 2003 and STILL can’t field so much as a standard battalion of capable soldiers. Does the Iraqi equivalent of the Pentagon have a “retards and incompetents only” policy in its recruiting stations?  Or do they save that distinction for the diplomats?

The United States should end all mercenary contracts immediately and permanently. And if there aren’t sufficient volunteers to protect Iraq or Afghanistan, then let them IED themselves into oblivion. Their national security and nation-building is not our responsibility.

The state department­’s new “private army” DOES NOT DESERVE ONE DIME MORE IN PAY OR BENEFITS THAN THEY’RE ACTIVE DUTY, RESERVE AND/OR NATIONAL GUARD MILITARY COUNTERPAR­TS GET.

There’s really nothing else that needs to be said about it.

I’ve written to President Obama via www.whiteh­ouse.gov about this. I strongly urge you to do the same.

If Obama is looking for “patriotic spending cuts” that nobody in Congress will dare challenge, THIS IS IT.

 

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