Biped said:PMC's can provide a very effective service for a fraction of the cost of full scale military forces and are not hampered by public oppinion when it comes to gettng the job done.
dinners said:as for casualtys , many are hidden from the press because a private company runs the intelligence and they try to keep casualtys away from the press.
I'm sure others will disagree, but these statements are both arguments against the PMC (even against those with an absolutely impeccable ethical record).
The first quote says 'if we, as a Government, use a PMC to pursue policy, we can behave as though we are less accountable to our voters, than if we use a regular force.' Which - whether you like it or not - is fundamentally undemocratic.
The second quote follows on from the first, because it says 'if we - as a government - use PMCs to do some of the dirty work, we can disguise the extent of our failure, by not owning up to all the deaths our pursuit of policy is costing.'
Again - like it or not - that's avoiding accountabillity, and is equally undemocratic.
Not that being undemocratic has bothered B'liar or Dubya, ever.