Jeremy Scahill reports on Alternet that Obama has 250,000 ‘contractors’ deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and is increasing the use of mercenaries:
Overall, contractors (armed and unarmed) now make up approximately 50% of the “total force in Centcom AOR [Area of Responsibility].” This means there are a whopping 242,657 contractors working on these two U.S. wars. These statistics come from two reports just released by Gary J. Motsek, the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Program Support): “Contractor Support of U.S. Operations in USCENTCOM AOR, IRAQ, and Afghanistan and “Operational Contract Support, ‘State of the Union.’”
This means a full 50% of the US contingent in these two countries consists of mercenaries.
But in case of Pakistan we must add to the number of mercenaries the number of Pakistani forces personal fighting America’s war, killing their own in return for dollar$$$…