I meant to write a little more on these posts by Will Wilkinson and Suzy Khim on the really bad side-effects of private prisons but they pretty much cover the bases. I think the same perverse incentives exist with private military organizations. Profiting off of war is one of the most perverse incentives I can imagine. I say, if we don’t have enough actual troops to go to war with then we should bloody well stay the hell out of the war in the first place. And if we intend to maintain a presence in Iraq, that presence should be U.S. military troops, not
private contractors mercenaries. Profiting off crime and war should be left to novelists, filmmakers, and the video game industry.
On a related note, this sketch from Fry & Laurie about the ‘private police force’ is good for a laugh.
But this is the best Fry and Laurie bit of them all: