MINDBOGGLING. I am learning more than I ever wanted to know about government contracting in Iraq from the hearings headed by Congressman Henry Waxman, but I still have difficulty with the last sentence (in parentheses) of this quote from Melinda Henneberger at the Huffington Post:

The committee chairman, Congressman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, noted in his opening statement that the contractors' deaths in Fallujah opened America's eyes to the fact that civilian contractors -- some 50,000 of them -- were in effect also fighting in Iraq, and that many of them are doing work done by the military itself in previous wars.

Government oversight has been so lax, he said, that, "It is now almost three years later, and we still don't know for sure the identity of the prime contractor under which the four Blackwater employees were working."

(Blackwater was hired by a Kuwaiti company called Regency, which was a subcontractor for ESS Support Services, which was a subcontractor for both the Halliburton subsidiary KBR and Fluor Corporation.)

Come again?

--J. Goodrich