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April 15, 2004

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Athena

That's a great post, very insightful.

My uncle is doing contract work in Iraq and my cousin is head of security for the whole country for a rather large firm. I hope I can get the chance to speak with them soon and get their perspectives.

And perhaps post their replies...

AST

It seems to me that the alternative to using the National Guard and these contractors would be to increase the size of our standing armies, which, in the long run would probably cost far more.

Also, I didn't see anywhere in the Slate piece about the activities of the UN and the innumerable NGOs that would be the alternative if Kerry were president. These groups would cut and run at the first sign of violence, and they seem to be more interested in keeping the locals dependent on them. This sounds a lot more like the BIA than the Pentagon; and a lot more like that Palestinian Authority than the Israelis.

stock item

Great post! It saws strong argument to refer to the open innovation movement in government. This explanation would require far fewer friends outside this arena and is generally well accepted

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