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Iraq pay disparity

Eleanore MacDonald

The average income for a military household is “about” $3,300 a month, yet private contractors in Iraq (some known as ‘mercenaries’) are paid up to $1,500 a day. A few of these “private contractors” are being scrutinized for roles they played in the current Iraqi prison scandal, while others are known to have participated in recent uprisings in Fallujah, in snipings and other covert activity. Worse, these “private contractors” are not bound by the laws of the Geneva Convention.

Industry (like Haliburton, just one of the corrupt umbrellas these mercenaries hide under) can afford to pay these soldiers of fortune’s obscene salaries, because up to 30 percent of the $87.5 billion supplemental appropriations law passed in November will find its way through it, into the pockets of those they hire.

I wonder how the U.S. troops feel about that – do they know? Their spouses? (All while Mr. Bush tried to reduce the monthly “bonus” for soldiers working in imminent danger from $225 a month to $150 a month.) “Support Our Troops”?

It’s past time to end this futile, unjust war. Support your troops, Mr. Bush, by bringing them home, alive – now.

Eleanore MacDonald

Penn Valley


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