Iraq For Sale (2006) – The War Profiteers

Posted: May 22, 2009 in Joe Giambrone
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Get: Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

Thank Robert Greenwald for pursuing these stories. Greenwald has a long list of insightful documentaries including:

Unprecedented – The 2000 Presidential Election

Uncovered – The Whole Truth About the Iraq War

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism

Unconstitutional – The War On Our Civil Liberties

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

The Real McCain

In Iraq For Sale, the audience learns that the mercenaries, the profiteers and the torturers are immune from prosecution. They can murder, steal, rape and pillage abroad while their companies fleece the American taxpayers at home. This film should make any American mad as hell and not willing to take it any longer.

Private mercenary “contractors” were at Abu Ghraib Prison, and they gave direct “orders” to US military personnel regarding the treatment of prisoners of war. Not one of them was ever held responsible for their actions.

Halliburton/KBR (Dick Cheney’s company) deliberately gave US military personnel contaminated water supplies across Iraq. Their water treatment was substandard, and the water was (is?) full of a laundry list of parasites.

These companies used the “no bid” and “cost plus” arrangements with corrupt US high officials to run up bills into astronomical numbers: BILLIONS of waste and fraud. They would literally have large burn pits to destroy perfectly good equipment, just so they could go back and bill the pentagon for replacement costs!

Truckers would be sent out in empty convoys – bringing nothing across dangerous highway routes – just to run up the billing for “the mission.”

Similarly, vehicles (trucks) costing $80,000 to $100,000 would simply be burned if they had a mechanical problem (flat tire) out on the road. The cost of replacement was paid by you and me. This is fraud and theft on such a massive scale, it takes some time to sink in.

The employees who participated are on the record, as Greenwald lets them tell their own stories. Greenwald himself never says a word. All evidence and testimony is from the people involved on the ground.

And there, right on the screen, is half the problem. The low-level volunteers are not what one would call educated, except on the one topic of their experience. Their words do reveal more than the simple facts of the case.

What I’m getting at is a profound ignorance and a nationalist mentality that allows these wars to occur in the first place. Bush didn’t invade Iraq by himself. He had massive support for his blatant, naked war of criminal aggression – the “supreme international crime” in the words of a US judge at the Nuremberg Tribunals.

Some segment of the population, these low-level Halliburton/KBR contractors included, still believe that the US has some right to be in Iraq at all. This is not the case. From day one, this entire enterprise was in violation of the UN Charter, which is – according to the US Constitution, Article 6, clause 2 – the “supreme Law of the Land.”

That’s right. The UN Charter is the “supreme Law of the Land” whether you are aware of it or not. This is a ratified treaty with obligations for the US not to engage in wars of aggression.

Doing so is a war crime.

Back to the low-level contractors and their misconception that they are somehow “liberating” the people of Iraq by participating in an illegal invasion and occupation. It’s hard to reason with people, except to spell it out in the simplest of terms:

If Iraq was doing to us what we are doing to Iraq, you wouldn’t call it “liberation.”

By some people’s reasoning, Adolf Hitler “liberated” most of Europe. Why weren’t they grateful?

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