• State: We Don’t Know How Many Contractors in Iraq, Hah hah hah

    October 5, 2011

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Iraq, Other Ideas

    Daily Press Briefing, Tuesday, 4 October, State Department Spokesman Victoria Nuland:

    QUESTION: There’s a hearing in the House on wartime contractors. A lot of concern about the civilian contractors that will be going into Afghanistan with State. And do you have any update on the status – I – we have figures of 17,000 contractors that State will be bringing in, including 5,500 security contractors —

    MS. NULAND (pictured bowing to George Bush): Are you in Iraq or are you Afghanistan, or are you in both, Jill?

    QUESTION: I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m in Iraq. I was not quite sure where I was. (Laughter.) But I’m now in Iraq. (Laughter.)


    MS. NULAND: I’m glad I’m not the only one who sometimes doesn’t know where she is.

    QUESTION: It felt like I was in Afghanistan. But, too bad. It was Iraq.

    MS. NULAND: I don’t have the figures here. Those figures sound high to me, but obviously we’re going to have —

    QUESTION: Can you get those?

    MS. NULAND: — I believe the hearing was – it either was this morning or it’s going to be tomorrow, I can’t remember. But this is an effort to make clear on the Hill some of the underpinnings for the State Department budget request, where – in an environment where U.S. forces are withdrawing, who have in the past provided security for our civilian programs, we’re going to have to do some contract security. But those numbers do sound high to me. But let us get back to you.

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