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    Re: Feds: Blackwater Saves Taxpayers Money

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post

    I have some observations to make about this:

    1) It goes to show you how wasteful our government is, if $1,200.00 or more per day for a mercenary saves us money.
    Actually, paying a company 1200 dollars per day for one shooter is probably a pretty good deal. Seriously.
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    Re: Feds: Blackwater Saves Taxpayers Money

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Are a lot of mercenaries former US-military? If that's the case, we already paid to train them. Not really a savings...
    How do you figure? They were trained, they served, and they retired. Now they're being used as contract employees. If they were not being used as contract employees, the military would have to train new people.

    In any case, saving money does not justify using these guys. They're thugs.
    And you're basing this on...? A few isolated incidents does not indicate anything about the total demographics of any group. It's not like every problematic incident overseas involved Blackwater.
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    Re: Feds: Blackwater Saves Taxpayers Money

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    The GAO has come out with a report that says Blackwater, and other private contractors, save the taxpayers almost a billion dollars per year.
    They weren't the first ones. Cheney I believed said it first when he argued that PMCs save the government billions in health care and benefits. When a PMC employee gets injured, the company pays for it. Not the government. Opposed to when a soldier gets injured, the governments pays benefits sometimes for life. Sure it costs more to higher PMCs, but in the long run, it's cheaper.
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    Re: Feds: Blackwater Saves Taxpayers Money

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    How do you figure? They were trained, they served, and they retired. Now they're being used as contract employees. If they were not being used as contract employees, the military would have to train new people.



    And you're basing this on...? A few isolated incidents does not indicate anything about the total demographics of any group. It's not like every problematic incident overseas involved Blackwater.
    I dunno, tell me why ACORN is seen as the Obama Death Squad.
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    Re: Feds: Blackwater Saves Taxpayers Money

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    I dunno, tell me why ACORN is seen as the Obama Death Squad.
    Because partisans like to overhype things.
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    Re: Feds: Blackwater Saves Taxpayers Money

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Because partisans like to overhype things.
    Pretty much! Blackwater has that reputation due to a series of nasty events they were involved in.

    For myself, I'm mostly against the concept of mercenaries in the first place. These guys are accountable to a contract, not a constitution.

    edit: And there's a many-century history of mercenary use throughout the world, and they have a trend towards being shady, unreliable, and untrustworthy.
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    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Feds: Blackwater Saves Taxpayers Money

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Pretty much! Blackwater has that reputation due to a series of nasty events they were involved in.

    For myself, I'm mostly against the concept of mercenaries in the first place. These guys are accountable to a contract, not a constitution.

    edit: And there's a many-century history of mercenary use throughout the world, and they have a trend towards being shady, unreliable, and untrustworthy.





    Funny. When they were troops they were beros, now you think simply because they are contractors they ate shady.


    The blackwater folk i had the opportunity to train with were all stand up guys.
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