Wow. I hate it when something so obvious smacks me in the face.
Asia Times Online
The shadow war in Iraq
While all of this is troubling, there is another disturbing fact that speaks volumes about the Democrats' lack of insight into the nature of this unpopular war - and most Americans will know next to nothing about it. Even if the president didn't intend to veto their legislation, the Democrats' plan does almost nothing to address the second-largest force in Iraq - and it's not the British military. It's the estimated 126,000 private military "contractors" who will stay put there as long as Congress continues funding the war.
The 145,000 active-duty US forces are nearly matched by occupation personnel who currently come from such companies as Blackwater USA and the former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, which enjoy close personal and political ties with the Bush administration.
Until Congress reins in these massive corporate forces and the whopping federal funding that goes into their coffers, partially withdrawing US troops may only set the stage for the increased use of private military companies (and their rent-a-guns) which stand to profit from any kind of privatized future "surge" in Iraq.
Could they fight a "Shadow War" with these guys?
If the U.S. Military withdraws, who tells Haliburton et.al. to get the f**k out, and does it have any weight?
Can they ignore us? Can they run a parallel war? Are they running a parallel war?
We got some smart people here.... can anyone help me?
Cross posted at Daily Kos