Here’s my conversation with Marcela Gaviria, one of the producers of “Frontline: Private Warriors,” about the role of private contractors in the war in Iraq.  We have almost as many of these civilians and security forces as we do regular military — more than 120,000 — all of whom are better paid and better taken care of than the troops we’re supposed to be supporting. In essence, a large part of this war has been outsourced to Halliburton, its subsidiaries, and companies from other nations.

Regarding the infamous incident in Fallujah, Gaviria explained who the Americans were who were burned, ripped apart, and hung in effigy, what they were doing there, and how the Marines were forced to go in an save a situation they would never have found themselves in if it were not for the recklessness of the private contractors.

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