Date: June 22nd. 2005
Sent to "Frontline"

According to Frontline there are 120,000 contract employees working in Iraq in support of the coalition forces. Let us be blunt there is a second army of mercenaries working for the United States.

There are four problems with this state of affairs:

It seems that we have lost a great deal with the privatization of the military's support functions to the likes of Halliburton who obviously do not care about doing a good job. It is unconscionable that coalition troops should be at risk from the lack of flexibility, lack of coordination, and food poisoning that are the downside of privatization.

Solving this with regular troops will not mean we need to double the boots on the ground; it will mean tripling them -- an appalling prospect.