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Bush’s money train

President Bush’s private army of 100,000 mercenaries in Iraq has cost taxpayers more than $4 billion with deaths, injuries and crimes shrouded in secrecy. His private army almost equals the American military in size. The Donald Rumsfeld doctrine conferred on war contractors a legitimacy they never before enjoyed. The real winners in Bush’s oil field wars are American mercenary companies such as Blackwater USA, founded by conservative Christian multimillionaire Erik Prince. His 7,000-acre training center is in Moyock, N.C., and he has secured land and a permit to locate in California.

“Private contractors” work outside the military chain of command and can do literally whatever they please with no accountability. They are really guerrillas who operate along side the American military, are paid many times what our soldiers get and reflect negatively on America because they are unrestrained by law.

Bush authorized Blackwater to start training forces for Darfur. John Murtha promises, “We are going to have extensive hearings to find out exactly what’s going on with these contractors.” Barack Obama said he wants “to re-establish control … while bringing contractors under the rule of law.” Bush’s private army again funnels U.S. tax dollars into his cronies’ pockets.

Valerie A. Sanchez


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