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Monday, June 13, 2005

The Poor Troops

As if conditions in Iraq couldn't get any worse, it appears they have. Reuters is reporting growing tension and hostility between the troops and the contractors. Understandably, one particular area of contention is the gross difference in salaries...
One military contractor, Matt Raiche, a former US Marine himself, said the Marines seemed to be particularly upset at the contractors' working conditions and the pay they received.

"I never in my career have treated anybody so inhumane," one of the contractors, Rick Blanchard, a former Florida state trooper, wrote in an email quoted in the Los Angeles Times. "They treated us like insurgents, roughed us up, took photos, hazed [bullied] us, called us names."

Raiche said the Marines seemed resentful about the salaries contractors in Iraq are paid. "One Marine gets me on the ground and puts his knee in my back. Then I hear another Marine say, "How does it feel to make that contractor money now?' "
Support the troops? What the fuck. If this situation is not kept in check, it will eat at our military's morale like a cancer.

Hey Rumsfeld... you listening?

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