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U.S. to Double Mercenary Forces in Iraq After 2011 Military Pullout

U.S. to Double Mercenary Forces in Iraq After 2011 Military Pullout --'It is unprecedented in scale.' --Some veteran Iraq hands suggest that thousands of additional troops will be needed after 2011. 19 Aug 2010 By October 2011, the State Department will assume responsibility for training the Iraqi police, a task that will largely be carried out by contractors. ...It will be up to American diplomats in two new $100 million outposts to head off potential confrontations between the Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The department’s plans to rely on 6,000 to 7,000 security contractors, who are also expected to form "quick reaction forces" to rescue civilians in trouble, is a sensitive issue, given Iraqi fury about shootings of civilians by American private guards in recent years... The startup cost of building and sustaining two embassy branch offices -- one in Kirkuk and the other in Mosul -- and of hiring security contractors, buying new equipment and setting up two consulates in Basra and Erbil is about $1 billion. It will cost another $500 million or so to make the two consulates permanent. And getting the police training program under way will cost more than $800 million. [OMG, why no complaints about the *deficit?* And, Obama has manifestly out-Bushed Bush! Impeach these hypocritical lunatics and corporaterrorist trolls NOW!!]