By Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen
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Their deaths are looked upon by most of the world as a natural consequence of the job. It’s all blood money, anyway, so why should it come easy? They know the risks they face, and if they touch a hot stove, they should expect to get burned. But one question hardly ever seems to get asked—where would we be without them? This book will introduce you to a number of contractors in Kuwait, Jordan, and Iraq for whom, you will find, it is rarely about money. We will explore the legal, moral, ethical, and practical questions they face every day.
Firms have a Teflon-like ability to conduct direct combat operations without leaving a telltale signature. Contractors’ slipperiness keeps them in business. For instance, the contracting agency involved in planning and executing Croatia’s successful campaign against the Serbs in the 1990s publicly denies any direct combat involvement to this day. Their explanation—training assistance—is hard to refute without any evidence. But the fact that some of these training exercises with Croatian forces turned into hostile encounters with the enemy hardly seems coincidental.
To witness the void between Vietnam’s leadership and the people, one only had to wander into a thatched hut in some rural village or hamlet. In accordance with the law, each hut was adorned with framed photographs of their president. A common image showed him in a suit and tie standing next to a Lincoln Continental. Little wonder that peasants and farmers related more to Ho Chi Minh than the government we were there to support. S. State Department and the Department of Defense have done little training of advisors for local and regional officials and senior-level military officers of developing nations in the time since Vietnam.