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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, May 09, 2004 - 09:51 am:   

Here's a link that will give you some idea of what kind of people are engaged in Iraq:

www.dyncorp-sucks.com

Dyncorp is one of many merc groups active in Iraq. According to a Washington DC source who I can't name here, but who is a very respected and knowledgeable individual, there are between 25 and 30 thousand mercs in Iraq, most hired by the government with an eye toward limiting casualties among the enlisted troops.

Check the site out and you may understand why I can't get too worked up about the prison stuff. There's lots worse happening.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, May 09, 2004 - 03:31 pm:   

One more thing, sort of related. An acquaintance of mine worked the corner in a local boxing show at a casino last night. His fighter was injured, so he brought the guy home to recuperate before his flight and I went down and talked to the guy, because he was just back from a year soldiering in Iraq, I mean he got back about a week ago. He's a Brit and he was down in Basra. You know how Bush and co. said oil was gonna pay for the war, but say that terrorists have bombed the pipeline, etc, so they can't ship it out? Well, this guy says that there is a steady stream of tankers, all unmarked, bearing no nation's insignia, going out every day loaded with oil. What's it all mean, huh? Could be fall solution to the gas price problem is coming our way....
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Brendan
Posted on Sunday, May 09, 2004 - 10:54 pm:   

Or someone is just underhandedly pocketing the money. Who knows. I would put nothing beyond the current administration: murder, assassination, drug smuggling, terrorism, you name it.

I don't think Bush will give up office easily.

He wants to stay in so he can "spread Democracy" to Iran and Syria.

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