Monday, September 17, 2007

Well, At Least Somebody's Hiring...

'Help Wanted' Ad Belies Report on Iraq Security -

By Walter Pincus
Monday, September 17, 2007

A week ago today, Gen. David H. Petraeus started his rounds on Capitol Hill, reporting that security in Iraq was improving to the point that a small number of troops could begin coming home by year's end.

But 10 days ago, his commanders in Baghdad began advertising for private contractors to work in combat-supply warehouses on U.S. bases throughout Iraq because half the soldiers who had been working in the warehouses were needed for patrols, combat and protection of U.S. forces.

"With the increased insurgent activity, unit supply personnel must continue to pull force protection along with convoy escort and patrol duties," according to a statement of work that accompanied the Sept. 7 request for bidders from Multi-National Force-Iraq.

All of the small logistics bases, called Supply Support Activities, or SSAs, are "currently using about 50% of their assigned (currently less than 100% strength) military personnel for other required duties (force protection, patrols, escort duties, etc. along with performing 24 hour combat operations)," the statement says.

The contract proposal covers 10 of the logistics bases and another warehouse with chemical protective items. Although the initial request is for 101 individuals qualified in warehouse operations, "additional manning may be required and the contractor should anticipate possible increases," according to the proposal. Some locations may end up being "completely manned by contract personnel," the statement says.

Wait...I thought the surge was working ! I thought insurgent attacks were down! Dear God....could someone have been LYING TO US?!?


Anonymous said...

That's something that people aren't thinking about. Sure, bring all the troops home, because the body count is unacceptable. Of course, they'll be replaced by civilian contractors...a number of whom have died already, and whne they start getting killed in greater numbers, well what'll happen then?

Louise Ure said...

Add to this story yesterday's news about Iraqis booting Blackwater contractors out of Iraq. Hmmm ....