"Over 120,000 private contractors are preparing the food, fueling the planes, and protecting the pipelines and generals in Iraq."

Naive question of the week, prompted by "Frontlines" episode "Private Warriors" on PBS:

Don't the security and diplomatic headaches caused by subcontracting military duties FAR outweigh any savings?

See also Yay, Torture!, Third Combat Tour in Iraq, Kipling: "Gods of the Copybook Headings" et alia

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