I’ve always thought this was something of a sign of the end times: our military hires contractors to protect its generals and bases, including overseas bases in a war zone. In other words, our military is too expensive, lumbering, and “valuable” to be used even for the most basic military tasks, such as guarding the perimeter of a military base in a foreign war zone. It is one thing to hire contractors to handle laundry or repair engines or do other tasks that are either nonmilitary in nature or too expensive to train enlistees to do. But base security? Our reduced force levels are simply a smokescreen for our continued huge military presence overseas, a presence now undertaken by private and DoD contractors largely exempt from accountability to military justice, the chain of command, and other guarantors of American interests.