A senior department official told the congressional Wartime Contracting Commission in June that the department requires “between 6,000 and 7,000 security contractors” in Iraq, up from its current 2,700 armed guards. And that doesn’t even take into account those needed to guard the expanded U.S. civilian presence in Afghanistan.
Mo’ mercs, mo’ money. And mo’ danger: This year, for the first time, U.S. contractor deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan exceeded troop deaths, ProPublica found.http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/09/despite-clinton-pledge-state-department-ready-to-pay-mercs-billions/
The Embassy of the United States in Baghdad is the largest and most expensive of any embassy in the world. At 0.44 square kilometers it is nearly as large as Vatican City. It also employs 15,000 people and cost $750 million to build. The Embassy opened in January 2009 following a series of construction delays. It replaced the previous embassy, which opened July 1, 2004 in Baghdad's Green Zone in a former Palace of Saddam Hussein.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embassy_of_the_United_States,_Baghdad
 "New US embassy opens in Baghdad The compound" BBC News (January 5, 2009)
Major U.S. continuing installations in Iraq:
1] Baghdad, main U.S. Embassay
2] Irbil, Kurdish Capitol
3] Basra, Persian Gulf Oil Terminal City
4] Mosul, major hydro-electric supplier City
5] Kirkuk, major oil fields area
Tigris River basin: major hydro-electric supply
major oil pipeline corridor from Kirkuk area oil
Euphrates River Basin: major hydro-electric & basic water needs of
Eastern Turkey, Syria, and Western Iraqhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphrates
total: 17,000 personnel
650 “diplomats”16,350 “civilian” support personnel
plus : 5-7,000 private security personnel throughout the
country at locations needing protection for U.S. civilian
workers and employees.
follow the bouncing ball, now……
Haliburton, Corp. Xe, Corp. (aka. Blackwater)
…….and up to 60 other smaller “security” and “service” companies
Are you getting the picture, now?
And just how much is all this going to cost the U.S. Taxpayer, the 99%?
$975,000,000.00 – $1,000,000,000.00……….you know that’s just the initial “estimate”. Prices in your area may vary depending on contractural agreements not yet reached. That’s right, 1 Trillion Dollars a year under contract to the U.S. State Department. Did you really thought we were “leaving” Iraq?
The Iranian and Iraqi Shiite Clerics and militia have already announced that it is “open season” to hunt down and kill as many Americans as possible; starting with 5-6 largest U.S. installations in Iraq.*
* New York Times, Friday, December 16,2011, pg.1, col. 6, “Iraqis Are Now Left With a Land Not Exactly at Peace”, by Tim Arango
To be continued……………