Militarize the Military--Please!
GTL over at the Gun Toting Liberal has been making arguments against privatizing the military since...well, probably before I started visiting there. He's come up with a lot of great arguments. Personally, before he brought it up my opinion was basically "Haliburton sucks!" and I really didn't think beyond that.
But, I'm jumping on the bandwagon to militarize the military, and here's why:
The U.S. military said Tuesday it has issued new orders to private contractors in Iraq to crack down on violations of human trafficking laws involving laborers brought in from around the world to work on American bases and other sites.
An inspection completed in late March uncovered evidence that it was widespread practice among firms providing services to the military to take away their workers' passports to keep them in place, military spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Johnson said.
Hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers - many from South Asia - are employed by contractors working in U.S. bases and elsewhere in Iraq as cooks, food servers, janitors, construction workers and other menial jobs.
Human rights groups have reported complaints by some workers that they were tricked into coming into Iraq, paying recruiters in their home countries fees for jobs said to be in the Gulf, then forced to go to Iraq after their passports were taken.
Okay, as if this wasn't icky enough all by itself, think about the effect this has on our soldiers! I mean, if the person preparing your food, and other necessary "domestic" tasks, does NOT want to be THERE, how well do you think they're going to do their job? How is the health of our soldiers going to be effected by a sloppy cook? Or a sloppy janitor?
All I can think is that this is somehow another example of the fictitious "jobs Americans won't do" in the minds of the GOP, because... There is NO way this is GOOD for our SOLDIERS!!!