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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 04:12 AM
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5. I agree, not all but most
from the article:
Many contractors in the battle zone say they lack the basic security measures afforded uniformed troops and receive benefits that not only differ from those provided to troops, but also vary by employer. Weekly pay ranges from $60 for Iraqi translators and laborers to $1,800 for truck drivers to as much as $6,000 for private security guards employed by companies like Blackwater. Medical and insurance benefits also vary widely, from excellent to minimal.


I have a hard time faulting an Iraqi translator trying to make a living in his own country.
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  -Contractor Deaths in Iraq Soar to Record maddezmom  May-19-07 03:30 AM   #0 
  - They got no one to blame but themselves!  IndianaGreen   May-19-07 03:35 AM   #1 
  - While I would agree with Blackwater types. A lot  wakeme2008   May-19-07 04:07 AM   #4 
  - I'm wondering what DU'rs think about "contractor's"  Vexatious Ape   May-19-07 03:36 AM   #2 
  - IG's reply #1 above represents a lot of people.  Kagemusha   May-19-07 03:41 AM   #3 
  - I agree, not all but most  maddezmom   May-19-07 04:12 AM   #5 
     - I would never consider an Iraqi translator a war profiteer.  Vexatious Ape   May-19-07 12:37 PM   #13 
        - agree, and to think that they pay Blackwater $6000 a week for security  maddezmom   May-19-07 01:53 PM   #14 
  - If it weren't for these mercenaries, it would be so much harder for Bush to run the war  Judi Lynn   May-19-07 04:18 AM   #6 
  - Why should they make claims ?  Wiregrass Willie   May-19-07 05:50 AM   #7 
  - some work directy for the US gov't  maddezmom   May-19-07 05:55 AM   #8 
     - My mistake  Wiregrass Willie   May-19-07 06:49 AM   #9 
  - PRIVATE CONTRACTORS..."WOUNDED IN BATTLE"...??!  LynnTheDem   May-19-07 09:40 AM   #10 
  - Where do they treat the wounded?  libodem   May-19-07 11:10 AM   #11 
  - here's a link I found: Independent contractors, Iraq, and insurance: more light on the matter  maddezmom   May-19-07 11:18 AM   #12 
  - Contractor Deaths in Iraq Soar to Record  Crunchy Frog   May-19-07 02:30 PM   #15 
  - PMCs  seemslikeadream   May-19-07 02:30 PM   #16 
  - not all, not a lot of them  uppityperson   May-19-07 02:30 PM   #17 
     - they put our soldiers in danger  seemslikeadream   May-19-07 02:41 PM   #20 
        - Some contractors do. Some don't. Some are mercs. Some aren't.  uppityperson   May-19-07 03:16 PM   #21 
        - should be doing and can do are 2 different things, IMO  maddezmom   May-19-07 04:12 PM   #24 
  - Too bad. They don't HAVE to be there. And, they SHOULDN'T be there.  debbierlus   May-19-07 02:30 PM   #18 
     - True, they shouldn't be there. That doesn't mean that there shouldn't be  Crunchy Frog   May-19-07 02:38 PM   #19 
  - Post-War Contractors Ranked by Total Contract Value in Iraq and Afghanistan  seemslikeadream   May-19-07 04:05 PM   #22 
  - draining the military's ranks of explosives experts.  seemslikeadream   May-19-07 04:08 PM   #23 

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