The Contractor Surge

Woah!:

A staggering 190,000 contractors were working in Iraq under U.S.-funded contracts as of early 2008 -- far more than the 150,000 troops in the country. The $100B price tag for this shadow army of non-uniformed workers has accounted for 20% of the cost of the war, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

The coalition of the paid now outnumbers the few and the proud.