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The Follies Of Privatizing Wars

Throughout the history of the United States our armed forces dealt with war and private companies provided the weapons of war. However, under the Bush administration a new era opened in which private contractors did tasks ordinarily performed by those in the military. For some reason, the brilliant work of Army and Navy engineers in WW II and other conflicts was replaced by gun-toting men who more often resembled the Hessians of the Revolutionary war than modern soldiers. The independent Project on Government Oversight sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton which blasts the current security situation at the Kabul embassy. A number of guards hired to provide security claim they are subject to hazing and inappropriate behavior by supervisors.

The investigation revealed guards pulling 14 hour long days, language barriers and a failure to hold private enterprise companies accountable for their actions. The report includes examples of abuse in which there was urinating on people. The bottom line is why has the United States moved away from using soldiers to using mercenaries. Once again, George Bush ushered in a new era of rampant private enterprise which has led to human rights abuses.