April 16, 2010
The Raw Story had this to report today:
The US commander in Afghanistan said Friday that the military is wasting money by employing too many private contractors to do jobs better done by soldiers or local Afghans.
“We have created in ourselves a dependency on contractors that is greater than it ought to be,” General Stanley McChrystal told an audience of French officers and military experts at France’s defence university in Paris.
“I think we’ve gone too far. I think that the use of contractors was done with good intentions so that we could limit the number of military. I think in some cases we thought it would save money. I think it doesn’t save money.”
2 Weeks ago Rory O’Conner reported this at Alternet:
“We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat,” says Afghan commander McChrystal.
I had wondered at the time if that statement was made in preparation of the (at that time) soon to be released Wikileaks video; showing the killing of civilians and journalists, along with maiming of children in Iraq.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal is making some statements that should be exploited by a press and Country that is tired of war. These are not only just bold statements at this point in time, they aren’t half of the truth; hence the “Mc” Crystal Clear titling of this post. The fact is all this War of Terror is built upon the same lies that two Administrations have promoted: September 11th, 2001
And now back to Raw Story:
The US operation in Afghanistan employs more civilian contractors than soldiers, carrying out jobs ranging from catering and logistics to — more controversially — armed escort duties and intelligence gathering.
According to a US Congressional report, citing figures from US Central Command, in September last year there were 104,100 Department of Defense contractors assigned to Afghanistan compared to only 63,950 troops