Becoming that which we were founded not to be
---Declaration of Independence
While it's true that we're finally cracking down on human trafficking by our current crop of mercenaries, the question is still there: What on earth are we doing, given our history, hiring mercenaries in the first place? Remember, this has been going on for more than two years now.
Americans have always held an almost visceral revulsion for mercenaries. Even more than two hundred years later, we still remember the depredations committed by the Hessians sent by Britain to quell our rebellion. Now we're the ones hiring mercenaries, and then as now we can't control them adequately. What are we doing?