Speaking to the Commission on Wartime Contracting, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy said that the State Department intends to spend approximately $3 billion hiring 5,100 private security contractors to fight in Iraq.
The State Department has repeatedly discussed the creation of this force for after the withdrawal of US military forces from Iraq, which is supposed to happen in December. The new mercenary force, which has been called a State Department “private army” would take their place, potentially for years.
Kennedy’s comments were the first time that specific details about the actual size and cost of the “army” is going to be, however. It is assumed that the State Department will collect “hand-me-down” weapons and equipment from the outgoing soldiers to outfit this new fighting force.
The move was already seen as controversial because it goes far beyond the scope of the State Department’s traditional use of contractors to provide security for diplomats and turns them into a separate war-fighting force. The revelation of the cost is likely to add further questions, particularly with State Department officials previously indicating that such a presence could last for 5+ years beyond 2012.
11 thoughts on “State Dept: 5,100-Strong Security Force to Be Hired for Iraq”
So the Schoolmarm Clinton got her "army." Well isn't that special.
can't wait till we get to see blood thirsty mercenaries labels as diplomats in the news.
Hmmm…It seems to me that Ray Davies might be the prototype. The "NEW" diplomat of the American Empire – shoot first, run, claim diplomatic immunity, and have the Saudis provide the payoff (I just haven't figured that one out…if true)
lets see how well 5100 mercenaries stand up to the Mahdi army.
These killers have already killed all the youths in Irak and now again the same game.
Thses black water has destroyed our country Pakistan through bomb blast using remote control devices and then declare suicide bombers. The same pattern in every country.
Let's see, They use the US & Allied military to do the dirty work, Then send in a "Private Army" Hmm
Wait till this Private Army is in the US to assist in "domestic emergencies"
Already is. Didn't you see the pics of the Blackwater dudes in New Orleans after Katrina?
I agree. This is going to come back on Americans in a bad way.
So this is what it comes to.., the biggest, boldest and the most powerful "democracy" in the world is hiring mercenaries to fight in Iraq.., what a concept in presenting the democracy.
Gee, at $600,000 a soldier, that's a bargain.
And, that's only a portion of SOS Hillary's war plans in Iraq. They'll still have another big force of mercs doing the same protecting jobs they've done before. This force is so the great progressive Hillary can kill anyone she wants in Iraq … as long as they ain't in Sadr City that is.
Am I the only one who finds this a little bit like the Waffen SS? Or perhaps a Preatorian guard?
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