12 February 2010

Why do we lose so many Soldiers to private military contractors?

Why should our men and women in uniform spend their hard-earned money on strippers, when Blackwater stuffs our taxpayer dollars into the g-strings of Filipina strippers? (H/T Nick)

Two ex-Blackwater Worldwide employees allege the company charged the government for a prostitute and strippers and kept incompetent personnel for financial reasons, part of what they call a systematic pattern to defraud authorities.

The accusations come in a lawsuit filed by Brad and Melan Davis -- who said the fraudulent activity, such as double billing and submitting false invoices, occurred while the security firm, now known as Xe, carried out its work in Iraq, Afghanistan and in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

Melan Davis, who was involved in record-keeping, said Blackwater billed the government for prostitution services in Afghanistan from a Filipino female, whose name was on Blackwater's payroll roster under a category called "Morale Welfare Recreation."

She said Blackwater billed the woman's plane tickets and monthly salary to the United States.

The lawsuit also said a vendor being paid for "cleaning services" in Louisiana was providing strippers.


J. said...

To answer your question in the title, it's because the military deliberately retains its third-generation industrial approach to managing personnel - that no one individual is important or unique, that there is a class and standards for particular professions and skills, and military personnel are interchangable. Replace SGT A with SGT B, move on.

When this approach fails to produce satisfactory results (see security, embassies, and nation-state rebuilding, etc), government goes to industry and asks them to perform its job, so as to ensure mission success. To no one's surprise, former SGT A is now Mr. A and earns twice his former salary for doing the same work. And the management even threw in adult entertainment as a bonus.

What a country...

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