The Congressional investigation found that Blackwater charges the government $1,222 per day for each private military operative — more than six times the wage of an equivalent soldier. And still it uncovered instances of overcharging. It reported that an audit in 2005 by the State Department’s inspector general found Blackwater was charging separately for “drivers” and “security specialists” who were, in fact, the same people.


The above is a fragment from the NY Times editorial today entitled,
Blackwater’s Rich Contracts. What is not mentioned here is that while Blackwater is paying its guys $600.00 a day ($200,000+ per year), it apparently charging twice that for renting these guys out. I wonder whether the $1 billion pay to Eric Prince by us tax payers since the war began is the whole story. Something does not add up here.

Oh well, on to Iran, that will distract us tax payers. Ed Kent

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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