posted on Jan, 3 2011 @ 12:58 PM
Originally posted by backinblack
reply to post by SLAYER69
WASHINGTON — Can diplomats field their own army? The State Department is laying plans to do precisely that in Iraq, in an unprecedented
experiment that U.S. officials and some nervous lawmakers say could be risky.
In little more than a year, State Department contractors in Iraq could be driving armored vehicles, flying aircraft, operating surveillance systems,
even retrieving casualties if there are violent incidents and disposing of unexploded ordnance.
Already, however, the State Department’s requests to the Pentagon for Black Hawk helicopters; 50 mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles; fuel
trucks; high-tech surveillance systems; and other military gear has encountered flak on Capitol Hill.
"It’s one thing" for contractors to be "peeling potatoes" and driving trucks, McCaskill told McClatchy. "It’s another thing for them to
be deploying MRAPs and Black Hawk helicopters."
So soon these contractors could be useing US tax payer funded equipment even including Black Hawk helicopters..
That's kinda scary..
edit on 3-1-2011 by backinblack because: (no reason given)
I wouldn't get my knickers in a wad over State employing "contractors". I was talked to by DynCorp when the new US Embassy opened in Baghdad in
2004, concerning the security contract for State there. I wasn't real hot on the idea, but money is money, and that's what I do. I dragged my feet
because of that, didn't get my paperwork in on time, and didn't go. I have a friend who DID go on that contract, but came back after only two months
of a year-long contract, in company with 7 or 8 others. It seems that State wasn't all that serious about their own security, refused the security
staff use of Humvees (4 that they had sitting idle in the compound) for convoys.
After that dustup, the guys who were serious about survival just packed up and came home. Most turned around and went to Afghanistan instead.
State doesn't know how to run a war any better than the Executive Branch does. Nope, I wouldn't worry in the least about State Department
contractors. The ones who know what they're doing will leave the country soon enough, assuming that State can get 'em to go in the first place.