Ways of Picturing our Mercenaries (2)
This graphic accompanies an OpEd essay on the topic. The author, Allison Stranger, seems to be significantly more snaguine about this phenomenon that are the researchers I have cited in earlier posts. So, for instance, P.W. Singer notes that it is not just matters of oversight (which are easy to peddle in some innocuous, abstract form) that are important. There is the probably unavoidable difficulty that the incentives of mercenaries performing the tasks they contract for might lead them to adoppt attitudes ot take actions that undermine our foreign policy or military objectives. And there are, as David Luban notes, massive problems in specifying accountability mechanisms to keep mercenaries in check.
Stranger does note that while BushCo have gone whole hog in this respect, the trend started with Bill Clinton. What is Hilary's view on this matter? I don't know. Democrats ought to pin her down on this before handing over the nomination.