PMC's and the war...
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Posted 9/19/07 , edited 9/19/07
I am sure that many of you [those who follow the news] have heard about the recent incident in Iraq concerning Blackwater USA and the, likely unprovoked, action that resulted in the deaths of 9 Iraqis (15 wounded) in Baghdad.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/09/18/blackwater.iraq/index.html#cnnSTCText

Now, for those of you who don't know, Blackwater USA is a PMC (Private Military Corporation/Company/Contractor ---> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_military_contractor) that is currently working in Iraq as a defense contractor for the United States.

Now my question is what peoples thoughts and feelings about PMC's are...I mean, did most of you even know about them in the first place (from something other than MSG)? I mean, I did , but that is probably only because I have a fascination with most things that are militarily related...Are they any better than mercenaries (Note: There is a bit of a difference, but it really depends on the situation)? Should they be more restricted or less so?

Anyways...Your thoughts?
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I think that PMC's are good things, however i think that they should be better organised with the US military.
It should be a combined front, and it appears (at least from the story i saw on nightline a few weeks ago) that they are acting more on their own. Which is ok, but at the same time they should work together with the military, IE the military gives them a sector.
Those men that are involved with the PMC groups are usually much more motiviated than the regular military, therefore they have more strengths and a lot less weaknesses.
This is a good thing.
Now as with every war, mistakes will be made.
The US Military has made quite a few, however, those mistakes aren't aired on the nightly news.
The media is trying to make these men (and women in some cases) out to be vigilanties but they are not, most of the time they are better trained than the average soldier.
Now that they are getting a bit of the limelight, it makes their jobs more difficult. Before they had the power of anonyminity, but now undercover work is becoming dificult.
Ok, there ya go, jumbled random thoughts about it.
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Posted 9/19/07 , edited 9/19/07

Dusterbayala wrote:
...Those men that are involved with the PMC groups are usually much more motiviated than the regular military...most of the time they are better trained than the average soldier...


Most of them are former spec ops guys (in addition to ex-law enforcement and other ex-military) and they usually make $100,000 or more a year (almost 3 times what the average soldier is paid)...So yeah, better training that your average Joe and more money usually equates to more motivation...
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