There are about 100,000 civilian contractors under U.S. government contracts operating in Iraq right now. That is very close to the number of U.S. soldiers there. The standing pentagon report says there is only 25,000 contractors. Something isn’t right here.
These contractors do jobs like provide security, cook meals, fix equipment, construct and maintain bases and even interrogate prisoners. Money flows from us to these contractors. Money flows out to suppliers of these contractors. There is a tremendous and likely lucrative interchange between these contractors and Iraqi suppliers.
Could a large part of the difficulty with getting our soldiers out of there be because a whole lot of people are making a very nice piece of change from the war’s spinoff? Who knows for sure?