Where does the buck stop? It�s a question that Washington has ignored through a long succession of scandals in Iraq, while senior offficials plead ignorance and the buck � responsibility � skids to a halt at grunt level.
It is the question we ought be asking today about the widespread and controversial use of mercenaries, known formally as �private contractors,� in war zones. And it should be directed squarely at Admiral J. �Mike� McConnell, the Bush Administration�s Director of National Intelligence.