Contractors in Iraq Have Become U.S. Crutch By Walter Pincus Monday, August 20, 2007; Page A13 When years from now historians and government officials reexamine precedents set by the U.S. experience in Iraq, many "firsts" are likely to pop up. One still playing out is the extraordinarily wide use of private contractors. A Congressional Research Service report published last month titled "Private Security Contractors in Iraq: Background, Legal Status, and Other Issues," puts it this way: "Iraq appears to be the first case where the U.S. government has used private contractors extensively for protecting persons and property in potentially hostile or hostile situations where host country security forces are absent or deficient." _______________________________________________________________________ It's not only the 'host country' that's deficient in security forces. Pentagon Light, that new low-cal fighting force is what you get when you have no regular Army. It was a Rummy idea to fight a war with reserve forces and now he's gone on to other things. We're still stuck with the aftermath.