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  •  Get Rid of Contractors (20+ / 0-)

    While I agree that a smaller military is desirable, I'd also like to see the military take back jobs that were given to contractors.  Contractors are in the same situation as health insurers - their incentives don't match what society needs from them.

    If military personnel were building showers, how many electrocution deaths do you think we would have had?  How many units wouldn't have enough drinking water?  There will always be screw-ups, but military personnel have an incentive to correct them and make sure they don't happen again.  KBR has an incentive to do things as cheaply as possible.

    The other issue is that construction and food preparation skills can transfer to the job market.  They are also skills that come in handy during natural disasters here and abroad.  

    Using construction capabilities to breed goodwill throughout the world and special forces to wage war seems like the right combination.

    •  I fully agree with you on this. I don't (7+ / 0-)

      know how any field commander can be comfortable with his ammunition, food and supply train in the hands of some corporation and outside of the chain of command.

      Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

      by StrayCat on Sat Jun 27, 2009 at 07:30:27 PM PDT

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    •  Until these wars (2+ / 0-)
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      I had no idea the extent of use our govt has with contractors...it is war profiteering and should be done away with.  

      •  Until George Bush (1+ / 0-)
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        We didn't have this many contractors. When I was in the Army, 1960 to 1963, the field kitchen jumped with the rest of the paratroopers. One of the standard bugle calls we learned was "Cooks and Bakers". It meant that the Cooks and Bakers should get rifles and get up on the line. The last time it sounded was at Bastogne, Belgium, Christmas 1944. The whole contractor thing was a right wing hustle to transfer defense money to the oligarchs.

        "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

        by johnmorris on Sun Jun 28, 2009 at 08:24:03 PM PDT

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