I have noticed on editorial pages and in certain sectors of the intarw3bz that the "mercenary" meme has really taken root. You'll never even hear the word "contractor" anymore.
Get a job with Wackenhut guarding an airport in Qatar? Mercenary.
Doling out chow in a Burger King on a base in Iraq? Mercenary.
Driving a truck for KBR? Mercenary.
Working for EOD Tech clearing unexploded ordnance to make a soccer field safe for kids? Mercenary.
Say "Mercenary" and it sounds like they're all swaggering doorkickers with machineguns, and not support personnel filling gaps to free U.S. troops to do things that only troops can do.
And I guess that was the point of the whole exercise, no?