Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Carter Andress, Contractor Combatant


I've talked often about the huge number of private contractors who are part of the war in Iraq, in numbers greater than the Americans in uniform.

Today on my KMOX show, I talked to one of those contractors, Carter Andress, about his experiences in the Red Zone in Baghdad and why he's there in the first place. I asked him if he can ever walk down the street by himself, how he conducts business in a place that's so dangerous, whether Iraqi forces are accepting more responsibility (and can they handle it?), and what he's heard about corruption and fraud by contractors who are ripping off American taxpayers.

Listen (note that the first few minutes of audio are a little rough because he's on a bad satellite phone connection, but we fixed it for the rest of the interview). To buy Carter's book, "Contractor Combatants," click here.