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Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006)

Robert Greenwald  |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Robert Greenwald
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Brave New Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWXOT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • Filmmaker commentary
  • Abridged version of the film
  • "U.K. Confidential"
  • "Important Votes"
  • "The Invisible Workforce"

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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 the decision makers who allow them to do so.


Greenwald tackled a tough subject that Congress won't face ... cries out for Congress to take action. -- Houston Chronicle, September 8, 2006

a horrifying catalog of greed, corruption and incompetence -- New York Times, September 8, 2006

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Every American Should See This November 6, 2006
Every time I hear someone tell me it is un-American to question the motivations behind and the execution of a war, it really upsets me. In reality, it is the ability to speak up and raise objections that defines us as Americans. But who is it that is really undermining the troops? Is it those who have failed to adequately plan for, equip, and staff the war effort, and have put the lives of U.S. troops in the hands of corporations? Or is it those who seek to challenge these failed policies? I would hope most would choose the former as the greatest threat to both the safety of troops and the eventual outcome of the war.

This film underscores this debate in the context of what is evidenced as real, genuine war profiteering. The war profits are reprehensible enough, often overcharging the U.S. taxpayer and under-training their men on the front lines. But I believe the filmmakers, at their core, have attempted to place blame on the U.S. government for creating this situation in the first place. Certainly private contractors have played a part in military operations for a long time now, but not to the extent to which they play a role in this war. Everything from providing water, food service, laundry service, transportation, and even interrogations are put in the hands of private contractors. And, as the film points out time and time again, these corporations have no real allegiance to the U.S. military, nor are they governed by the same codes of military conduct or the Geneva Convention. You can imagine the serious problems that can arise when private contractors, essentially mercenaries with no oversight or accountability for their actions, are fighting side by side with U.S. troops making 25% of the salary of the contractors.
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105 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "War is a racket." - Gen. Smedley Butler October 1, 2006
I don't have much to add beyond Cvairag's excellent review; but people looking for this sort of analysis will also want to purchase the DVD of Eugene Jarecki's documentary "Why We Fight."

We may not have the resources to print a million copies of these DVDs, but the Iraq for Sale website does offer a discount on bulk orders, and civic organizations like "Code Pink" offer the DVD at a discount as well.

Lastly, I'm not so sure that the American voters actually endorsed this regime and its policies of corporate fundamentalism and state terror. Authors like Greg Palast have revealed all sorts of voting chicanery, and I just viewed an excellent DVD on the issue called "American Blackout," which features Palast and Cynthia McKinney (who has been predictably smeared by the elite establishment).

"For the friends of the free market operating in Iraq, it doesn't matter who gets killed or why; every day is payday, and if from time to time events take a turn for the worse - another twenty or thirty Arabs annihilated in a mosque, a BBC cameraman lost on the road to the airport -back home in America with the flags and the executive-compensation packages, the stock prices for our reliably patriotic corporations rise with the smoke from the car bombs exploding in Ramadi and Fallujah: Lockheed Martin up from $52 to $75 between July 2003 and July 2006; over the span of the same three years, Boeing up from $33 to $77; ExxonMobil up from $36 to $65; Chevron up from $36 to $66; Halliburton up from $22 to $74; Flour up from $34 to $87." -Lewis Lapham, from his editorial in the September, 2006 issue of Harper's magazine.

Lapham's critique also provides the answer as to why we're in Iraq - some people are making a lot of money off of it, and they want to "stay the course."
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133 of 152 people found the following review helpful
Greenwald and team's new documentary takes the public inquiry into the real causes for policy decisions made in Washington over the past eight years . . . well, maybe a lot longer to a new level. The film attempts to detail explicitly the activities of the four biggest war profiteers: Haliburton, Kellogg Brown & Root, CACI, and Blackwater, and examine the results of the privatization of war. The film and the twenty minute section on the DVD which records the failed attempts made in Congress by Senators Dorgen, Leahy and other Democrats to regain the type of Congressional oversight that the putative representatives of the American people had back in the late 1940's/early 1950's under the Truman Commission.

The implications of the ramifications of this unbridled corruption are perhaps even more terrifying than the tragic testimonies which are recorded to justify the exposition and argument made in the film.
The film does the great service of detailing for a mass audience, with more essential specifics than presented in this medium before, the depth of the control these war profiteers exert over our elected representatives and the danger they have brought to our front door, all in the blind pursuit of more almighty dollars than anyone could ever possibly spend. Even combat veteren General Smedley Butler, who was the first, I believe to coin the phrase "WAR IS A RACKET", could not have imagined the surreal proportions to which war profiteering has been taken in Iraq, all at the expense of the American tax-payer and a bunch of innocent people now dead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
More people shouold watch this!!
Published 1 month ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars but at the same time sheds a necessary light on the evils of a massive...
leaves you wanting more. It is infuriating... but at the same time sheds a necessary light on the evils of a massive government with no oversight & how the waste our money. Read more
Published 3 months ago by haley sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This video will show you where the money goes by the people to went to the country and worked there.
Published 5 months ago by Susie Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
I received the DVD on time and it was delivered in excellent condition.

It should be up to me whether or not I want to make a comment. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Abolghassem Abraham Sadegh
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Check
While everyone was waving flags at the prospect of going to war with a country that had nothing to do with the events of 9/11, there were other people seeing what was really going... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bookseller
Would be good for Greenwald to make an updated DVD. The lies, deceit and war profiteering of those close to Dick, George, and Rummy need further attention so as to minimize the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gerhardt J. Steinke
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven Help US
Everyone that has a CHILD needs this information.. May many more LEARN. Extremely fascinating .!!!!
Never would have known . THANK YOU for the HONESTY.
Published 17 months ago by DENVER, CO.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
It is interesting to get a look from another point of view on this terrible and unjustified war started by Ex-Pres BUSH and his henchmen/women.
Published 19 months ago by Lee Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but true........
This is were our taxpayer money went during the Bush/Cheney reign. Damn crooks and liars! Blood money for defense contractors and it's shameful.
Published 21 months ago by Suzanne Devlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening
It's nice to get an accurate look into what America is really up too.

Covers things most people just don't care about; sadly.
Published 22 months ago by Kevin Smith
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