Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Outsourcing War

The wars against Iraq and Afghanistan are pointless and simply result in death and destruction.

That said, some enterprises see war as a business venture. The great film, War Inc., plays on this theme.

Mark Thoma, an academic economist, offers some data on the costs of outsourcing war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2010/01/the-cost-of-military-outsourcing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EconomistsView+%28Economist%27s+View+%28EconomistsView%29%29

"Last year, Congress concluded that each military contract worker cost $250,000 a year. As the Washington Post noted this month, Congress expects to save $44,000 per worker in the defense budget by "in-sourcing" about $5 billion worth of work now handled by contractors."

Each contractor cost 250,000 a year!

Why don't we end the wars that waste lives, money, and international goodwill!

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