According to this article in the Washington Post, a Blackwater triggerman gets $600 a day in Iraq (more than $150,000 a year) and is billed out at $1,222 a day or $445,000 a year. That’s six times more than the cost of an equivalent soldier.
A Marine gunnery sergeant, with say 15 years experience, would make about $43,000.
And what rulkes do they operate under?
Accountability is non-existent. After the Sept. 16 Blackwater shootout that reportedly left 11 Iraqi civilians dead and 14 wounded, the State Department couldn’t say which laws — Iraqi or American, if any — the Blackwater agents were subject to.