arma virumque cano (et alia)
Interesting--especially the numbers for Iraq--had the impression that US and UK groups would be a larger percentage.I don't have a problem with these groups in principle--in their proper place and role they can provide appropriate services (e.g. shipping protection, private security functions etc.). However, the increasing reliance on them is troubling for the same reasons private prisons are--and when these problems and abuses crop up, they're even more severe than we've seen in the prisons so far (as you'd expect to be the case when dealing with mercenaries).And DynCorp, one of the worst offenders. For all the bad press Blackwater/Xe Services/Academi got, the things DynCorp has gotten caught with their fingers in make the other guys look like pikers.