posted on Mar, 26 2007 @ 03:00 PM
Yeah, it's only 3,205 dead (HAW HAW).
In a largely invisible cost of the war in Iraq, nearly 800 civilians working under contract to the Pentagon have been killed and more than 3,300
injured doing jobs normally handled by the U.S. military, according to figures gathered by The Associated Press.
The U.S. has outsourced so many war and reconstruction duties that there are almost as many contractors – 120,000 – as there are U.S. troops –
135,000 – in the war zone.
The insurgents in Iraq make little if any distinction between the contractors and U.S. troops.
Febrary 24, 2007
Hector Patino, seen in this photo held by his mother, Flora, was killed while driving a truck for a Halliburton unit in Baghdad's Green Zone.
Exactly how many of those employees doing the Pentagon's work are Americans is uncertain. But the casualty figures make it clear that the Defense
Department's count of more than 3,100 U.S. military dead does not tell the whole story.
“It's another unseen expense of the war,” said Thomas Houle, a retired Air Force reservist whose brother-in-law died while driving a truck in
Iraq. “It's almost disrespectful that it doesn't get the kind of publicity or respect that a soldier would.”
Graphic: Number of deaths in Iraq
Employees of defense contractors such as Halliburton, Blackwater and Wackenhut cook meals, do laundry, repair infrastructure, translate documents,
analyze intelligence, guard prisoners, protect military convoys, deliver water in the heavily fortified Green Zone and stand sentry duty at buildings
– often highly dangerous duties almost identical to those performed by many U.S. troops.
In January, four contractors for Blackwater were killed when their helicopter was downed by gunfire in Baghdad. In 2004, two Americans and a British
engineer were kidnapped and decapitated. That same year, in a horrific incident in Fallujah, a cheering mob ambushed four Blackwater contractors who
were escorting Army supply trucks. Their SUVs were ambushed and set on fire, then their burnt bodies were dragged through the streets and two corpses
were strung up from a bridge.
Their gruesome deaths were widely reported, but usually when contractors are killed or wounded, the casualties are – in a sense – off the books.
The Defense Department issues a press release whenever a soldier or Marine dies. The AP obtained figures on many of the civilian deaths and injuries
from the Labor Department, which tracks workers' compensation claims, after repeated efforts, including a Freedom of Information Act request.
Now take a look at the number of wounded. The real number is more than 52,000. And that number (52,000+) is defined as our guy's who had to be
airlifted away from site for medical treatment. How can that be? The Pentagon says it's only 23,000? or whatever. Well, that's because they don't
count you unless you were hit by a bullet or a bomb actually went off under your vehicle while you were partrolling around, waiting to get picked
If you were not hit by the bomb but your vehicle was following and crashed and you had to be airlifted away, you weren't injured in the war. You were
merely in a car accident according to the Pentagon. That's why the Pentagon says war wounded is only 23,000? or whatever.
There's a lot of pathetic liars out there.