Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

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Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers is the story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed, and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and th… More >>

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

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5 Comments
  1. Good product and delivery, but the actual DVD story is quite boring and disappointing really……..
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. I bought this product with the hopes of an honest documentary but instead received a very and highly biased DVD of junk.

    I am a veteran of both Vietnam and the first Gulf War. I am also a former military contracting officer, scout sniper, Green Beret, and Test Pilot.

    First this docujoke slams privatization but never mentions that Bill Clinton cut the Army from 730,000 to 530,000 his first year in office and just before I retired to 430,000. Now do you really expect with most of those cuts coming from support and logistics that civilian contractors wouldn’t be used? Please don’t be naive. The coverage of this shortage of skills has to come from somewhere.

    Second this National Guard Sergeant speaking about being forced to use KBR for laundry from his chain of command shows just how clueless this individual is of contacting. What exactly where the contract requirements concerning this issue? How nice it was this was left out even though it is available on the Internet!

    Third the long lines of troops at chow at the same predictable times. Well excuse me! What were the terms of the contract, where were the military officers to correct this, and exactly how many deaths/injuries did this cause? Again not mentioned.

    Fourth how about the Democrats that control Congress approving LOGCAP IV for 10 Years….Duh? Now who is talking out both sides of their mouth?

    Fifth the female general grade office responsible for Abu Ghraib prison. Well general from a retired Army Officer where it the Hades were you at? Are you or are you not a general grade officer responsible for the conduct of both military and civilian personnel under your command? Blaming a civilian contractor is a disgrace on you. You expect me to believe that a Staff Sgt (E-6) and lesser enlisted personnel did this all by themselves without your knowledge or the knowledge of any other military officer? Perhaps in Disneyland but that insults Mickey Mouse.

    Sixth Senator Dodd keep referring to Madam President. Since when did the current speaker of the house become the president? The Speaker is referred to as Madam Speaker. Perhaps Senator Dodd has another agenda not addressed in this DVD.

    Seventh $100,000 tax free. Bull Manure. It is only $85,000 IF you meet very specific criteria from the IRS. Didn’t the producers even check this data available for free from the IRS website? What piss poor research and outright bigotry from the makers of this film.

    Eighth Soldiers on Guard Duty…Duh can I please have a dime for every damn time I was on guard duty as an enlisted man!!! Grow up you babies.

    Not once during the film was a single reference given as to a source of information. There was not a list of material cited anywhere on the DVD. One has to go to the web site to find any cites and the cites are to material from 2002 – 2003 which I suspect is four years before the film was made but no date of production is even given on the case the DVD comes in!!!!!

    All in all a gross rip off in itself. It seems the producers are in the profiteering business themselves. Shame on you to damn someone for what you did to me and other buyers of your DVD.

    Steven Grigsby

    CW3 US Army Retired.

    Marine Scout Sniper – Vietnam Veteran

    Army Special Forces – Gulf War I Veteran

    AH-1/AH-64 Attack Helicopter Pilot

    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. First of all, if you have not been to Iraq, you have no idea what is really going on there. Sadly, Greenwald went to Iraq and some how got the idea there were unhappy contractors and soldiers there.

    Gee, that’s not what I saw and I just got back Feb 08. When I saw this film, I was hoping for something a little more along the lines of “Why We Fight”, more info on “shooter” type contractors such as Blackwater USA, and more of an expose of PMC scams such as the Custer Battles deal and more.

    What I saw was a great deal of boring dialogue about a single KBR truck convoy incident. Again, Greenwald missed the intended mark. As if those guys thought Iraq was going to be a pic-nic, it’s a war zone for Pete’s sake.

    Again, Greenwald takes a topic the public should know more about (waste and fraud and such in Iraq), and cleverly disguises it with a smoke screen of a film that bores you to tears with stuff you already knew if you watched the news. Big hit, Greenwald.

    I saw happy soldiers, contractors and Iraqis where I was. There are some things going on out there not in the news that Greenwald could have easily uncovered. Obviously, that was not his intent. Clearly, his intent with the films I’ve seen has been to muddle and confuse issues. Truth be told, we’re probably not going to see a real expose of stuff going on in the GWOT, and Greenwald is playing his role as a (mis)information operation agent.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. I was really looking forward to this movie but I found it bland and unconvincing. Really disappointed. There was alot of personal anectdotes and accusations but little hard facts are damning evidence. The producers should take a cue from Al Gore’s “Global Warning”. That was well presented and convincing. A short summary of the movie could be put like this, “Companies are making a profit, the government is wasteful, the employees are good ol Joe Average, the politicians and company management are sinister.” I agree, the war sucks, but that doesn’t make this a good movie. I also felt it was an inaccurate representation of the way things are “here”. I’ve been here for three years, as military and civilian and I’m amazed at the LOW number of civilian casualities. And sure we all complain about KBR but ask anyone if they’d rather have the GI’s preparing their chow or the civilians and suddenly a new appreciation for KBR is found. I’ve been with the military in several countries in this area over the past ten years and living WITHOUT KBR is infintely more miserable. As a side note, if you’re offered 150k a year to perform manual labour, it’s not because of your good looks! There is danger! It’s a risk and some people lose but we all CHOSE the job and you’re free to quit if you don’t like the odds. Don’t blame the company when you roll the dice and lose.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. I don’t understand why there was so much focus on those two families. The title is “Iraq for Sale” and it should read “Iraq for Sale along with two angry families” The story leads into a truck driver who was making $40k a year and realized he can make $140k a year trucking overseas. He didn’t understand that this extra $100k was a risk premium the job demanded. His family didn’t understand this extra $100k was risk premium for the job description. They were ignorant, period. Accidents happen, deadlines must be met, decisions are made in split seconds in the business word. Not all decisions are correct.
    Rating: 3 / 5

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