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Scott McIntosh is the 4,000th American soldier to die in Iraq.

BAGHDAD, March 24 (Reuters) - The number of U.S. soldiers to die in Iraq has reached 4,000, the U.S. military said on Monday, just days after the fifth anniversary of a war that President George W. Bush says the United States is on track to win."

Insert tired generic comment about oil, money, hypocrisy, Bush's I.Q., something else along the lines of history repeating itself, etc. etc. ad nauseum, and in b4 political shitstorm in comments, etc. You know the drill.
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Good news!

The War in Iraq has not, in fact, been a complete disaster for everyone involved.

Via BoingBoing: The top 100 private contractors in the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.



The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been very, very good for these private contractors. Here's a list of the top 100 private contractors, as reported by The Center for Public Integrity's "Windfalls of War II."

Here's an alphabetical list of the contractors with company bios, and here's the list of the Top 100 contractors.


Meanwhile, after years of being occupied, the average Iraqi gets about one hour of electricity a day if they're lucky, no running water, still no internet access, no assurance if they'll live to see tomorrow, and no end in sight.



ETA: as soldiergrrrl pointed out from actually being in Iraq, I could be quite wrong about the one hour of electricity and no internet. I said that based on articles I read a while back and perhaps that is no longer true.

ETA: also, it is not my intent to criticize or depict any country, party or person anywhere in a bad light, or to enter into heated politcal debate. I posted this because for one thing, I find it interesting how much taxpayer money is sinking into this hole with what I feel is very little to show for it after close to five years.

For another, I don't exactly think the contractors are evil, however, I do point out that they're not exactly all declaring bankruptcy en masse, and are actually doing very well as a result of this war, and I happen to find that even more disturbing.

I'm not a fan of hot-headed arguing, but I am open to differing points of view and appreciate correction, rebuttal etc. and good, apolitical healthy discussion with an open mind to a differing opinion. I like being proven wrong, or made to see something in a new light; it gives me the sense that I am not being brainwashed by propaganda and am judging the facts for myself, as I am sure we all do.