Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar North says:

    Agreed. Contractors don’t add up.Report

  2. Avatar Nob Akimoto says:

    I’d imagine the main problem is that contractors are so embedded into the logistical efforts behind both wars that simply cutting their contracts is unfeasible without vastly increasing US troop levels in either country. When you’re given a shaky foundation, the likelihood your house will collapse when you try to replace it is pretty high.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Stop-loss is one reason. Getting re-deployed, or re-re-deployed, or in some cases, re-re-re-deployed is hell.

    The mercs *WANT* to be there. They’re agitating to be there.

    The military folks? Some do, some don’t. Colorado Springs has a whole bunch of military bases within a stone’s throw and the stories about which group is going out and which group is coming back dominate the local news cycle. Stories about daddies kissing a pregnant wife goodbye or coming home to a toddler that they last saw as a big belly. Stories about soldiers who say that they can’t believe they’re being deployed again when they should have had at least 2 more months at home. Stories about patriotism misplaced. Stories about feeling betrayed. Stories about how they didn’t sign up for this.

    The mercs? They’re turning folks away.Report

    • Avatar E.D. Kain in reply to Jaybird says:

      Jaybird – I’d say that this is what is seen.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to E.D. Kain says:

        Dude, I’m not *DEFENDING* the practice!

        I think that if you can’t get enough military volunteers for any given war then you have, right friggin’ there, evidence that the war is, at least!, an unnecessary one. If the government knows that it doesn’t have the moral footing for a draft (I don’t know that it ever again will) and it doesn’t have the volunteers to do what it wants (certainly not “needs”) to do, resorting to bribery is, IN NO WAY, preferable to saying “well, maybe we shouldn’t do anything.”Report

  4. Avatar Matt says:

    Interesting blog guys. If you are interested in further exploring the ‘ideas outside the foray of rhetorical and ideological cul de sacs’ in regards to security contracting, then you should load up the truck and head on over to my blog called Feral Jundi.
    I am a security contractor, and would be happy to answer any questions you guys might have about the industry. Cheers.Report