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Posted on May 10, 2007
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This is the four-minute highlight reel from “Iraq for Sale” that documentarian Robert Greenwald wanted to screen for Congress as part of his testimony. Republicans blocked him from doing so. If you haven’t been following the outrageous war profiteering going on in Iraq—like many of our elected officials—this is a must-see clip.

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By Ralph, May 22, 2007 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment

IF WE CAN FIND A WAY TO KILL BUSH, CHENEY AND MANY OTHER ASSHOLES OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION, WE WILL ALL BE BETTER OFF IN THE LONG RUN. JIMMY CARTER WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT WHEN HE SAID THAT “SHRUB” WAS THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER!! IT’S TOO BAD WE NEED HISTORY TO CONFIRM IT, MAINLY BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY RAIN-DEAD CONSERVATIVE RELIGIOUS RIGHT-WING LOW IQ IDIOTS WHO STILL HAVE A VOICE IN POLITICS. THERE SHOULD BE AN IQ TEST TO VOTE; THAT WAY THERE WOULD BE VERY FEW OF THOSE F***ING ROBOTS WHO EITHER NEED HELP DECIDING WHEN TO TAKE A DUMP, OR WHICH LEFT-WING NUT TO ANNOINT TOMORROW!!

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By Chaseme, May 14, 2007 at 9:45 am Link to this comment
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For those of you who cannot imagine bringing this administration to justice with the end result being Execution in the same manner as Suddam, don’t bother getting angry.

The anger we feel should not only bring us to a point of electing another political party, but should infuriate us to a point of pressing strongly that the ones responsible for these atrocities be publicly executed, to send a message to all others that we will not be bullied by another group of Racist, Perverted, Tax Bilking Thieves!

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By feduphoosier, May 14, 2007 at 5:22 am Link to this comment

If this bothers you as much as it bothers me - spread the news.  Post clips like this one (embed them in blogs or myspace,) or mail them to friends and family.  Get the word out. 

If we wait around for the national media to pick this up, we’ll be waiting forever.  It isn’t in the interest of their corporate owners.  The top layer of our government is now so bloated and corrupt that change will only come from the bottom up.  The first step is to educate.  There are many people out there who only watch video clips or TV - they’re never going to pick up a book like “Blackwater,” and they’ll probably never stumble across “Iraq for Sale.”  This short clip might be the way to reach them.

Mail this to your war-supporting friends too - if there are any left.  Especially to anyone who gets all of their news from Fox.  They will never hear about Blackwater and war profiteering from Fox - and anyone with even a shred of patriotism will be outraged by this. 

Pass it on.

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By kevin, May 13, 2007 at 9:13 am Link to this comment
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Maybe they can add Dick Cheney’s threat to Iran not to mess with “his” oil from Iraq to the video. He needs to be prosecuted for war crimes.

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By sam_alan, May 13, 2007 at 5:34 am Link to this comment

I watched the video with disgust. What can each citizen do about this? Is the situation too far gone?

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By Brenda, May 12, 2007 at 10:46 pm Link to this comment
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I find it hard to believe that ANYONE of sound mind still supports the Bushites and their neo-con henchmen.

The reasons against **MORE OF THE SAME** and govermental failures are obvious for progressives but it is the conservatives that I would question here…

Bigger more invasive goverment, Unsecured spending, Despotic behavior at home in the form of loss of personal freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and Constitution and abroad in the form of foreign wars of imperialism and aggression? What form of conservatism can this be that securing borders are ignored at our peril? What true conservative could condone much less defend the current climate of corruption and incompetence? Im doubtful a reasonable argument can be made against these statements or shall we count the indictments?

Lets all try to remember…Transparency in Goverment, Respect for our Institutions, Respect for the Citizenry of this nation, These are True conservative values NOT talking points.

Recent events and a unique mixture of what appears to be intentional institutional ineptitude, religious fervor in idealogy contrary to all reality, and an inability to say what is meant and mean what is said, SCREAM for accountability…

Iraq, Immigration and Border security, Outsourcing, Katrina and her aftermath, FEMA?, Alberto Gonzalez and the AG8, the trade imbalance, the budget deficit, Food safety and the FDA, Walter Reed, The greatest income inequality since just prior to the great depression…All this and more has been wrought by the Republican Revolution…

Are YOU better off now then you were 6 years ago? Nuff said.

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By cann4ing, May 12, 2007 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment

The Republicans did not want this video aired because it exposes the lie beneath the entire privatization scheme—the idea that privatization means efficiency—an extension of social Darwinist/laissez faire mythology.  The gap between laissez faire myth and reality is as stark as the growing gap between the present wealthiest one percent of America where, by 1999, the net worth of just three individuals, Bill Gates, Paul Allen & Warren Buffet was larger than the gross domestic product of the world’s 41 poorest nations and their 550 million people.

A 9/27/05 L.A. times editorial, “When Connected Turns Into Corrupted,” by Robert Scheer reveals why his former employers sought to silence him.  “Crony capitalism is the name of the Republican game.  Their slogan is ‘take care of your friends and leave the risks of the free market to the suckers.’”

The corruption exposed by Robert Greenwald’s documentary is the direct result of a privatization scheme began by Dick Cheney when he was secretary of defense—one in which Cheney’s Pentagon paid KBR $9 million to conduct a study to determine whether the military support function should be privatized.  The KBR study said it was a great idea, so the Pentagon handed it the first LOGCAP contract.  As noted by Antonia Juhasz in “The Bush Agenda,” in 1997, with Cheney as its CEO, Halliburton lost its LOGCAP contract “due to fraudulent billing practices in Bosnia.  But in 2001, under Vice President Cheney, KBR got the contract back just in time for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.”

The notion that the greater than $100 billion Iraq supplemental is needed to “support the troops” is a bald-faced lie.  Most of that taxpayer money will find its way into the corporate coffers of the private contractors.

It has been a matter of hard-right theology that government should operate more like a corporation.  Jim Hightower retort, in “Thieves in High Places,” is classic:  “No corporation is a model for how government should operate.  Corprations are rigid, top down, autocratic heirarchies in which executive actions are delivered as fiats to be implimented unquestioningly….  Corporations are towers of secrecy, in which all information is considered a propriety asset to be doled out only in approved snippets…keeping as much as possible from employees, investors, customers, auditors, regulators, lawmakers.”

In “Failed States,” Noam Chomsky observes that in “structure, the political counterpart to a corporation is a totalitarian state”—a disturbing thought in light of Antonia Juhasz’s observation that corporations have, as a result of neoliberal policies, “supplanted governments as the dominant economic force in the world.”

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By Jim Goodson, May 12, 2007 at 8:17 am Link to this comment
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If this is true, then the Democrats are complicit or on the take as well. The pot is calling the kettle black.

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By Roger Zuehlke, May 11, 2007 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment
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The District of Criminals along with the collusion of the corporations plan on making this war last indefinitely, i.e. the four super bases being constructed in Iraq along with the huge new embassy.

I fear for my grandson’s future who is only six years old now. I hope he never volunteers for the military nor becomes conscripted cannon fodder.

Roger Zuehlke

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By nomorebombs, May 11, 2007 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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shackles and a rope will work,whose going to it….

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By don knutsen, May 11, 2007 at 11:06 am Link to this comment

We should all be asking ourselves why this isn’t being shown on the major networks ? Who is preventing everyone seeing this, who stands to gain. The fact that the vice president ( Cheney ) is taking his piece of the profit / graft shown in this video is a testiment to how terribly broken our political system is now. That it has been going on for 5 years,  and continues still, says alot about all three branches of our goverment…or should I say what used to be three individual branches….thanks to the republicans who had been in control of congress since Knute Ginrich in ‘94 this administration has successfully turned all three into Karl Rove’s fantasy camp. Are the professional politicians going to one day have an epiphamy and realize they need to deal with this in time ? Or perhaps is it time for real civil disobedience. Perhaps its time for the american people to bring this to a hault by refusing to pay taxes that fund this madness. Drag bu$h, Cheney and the rest out of the white house in handcuffs and indict them as the traitors they most certainly are to our democracy. Establish a temporary goverment leadership in a number of individuals, indict these traitors, and hold new elections…..

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By Pete, May 11, 2007 at 5:59 am Link to this comment
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“The Republicans blocked this”?????????? Isn’t the congress in the hands of the Democrats?

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By rowdy, May 10, 2007 at 10:38 pm Link to this comment

WE ALL KNOW WHAT HALLIBURTON DID WITH THEIR PROFIT. THEY BOUGHT THEMSELVES A COUNTRY. NO LEGAL HASSLES FOR THEM. O SAY, DOES THAT STAR SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE O’ER THE HOME OF THE THIEVE’S AND THE LAND OF THE NOT SO BRAVE? really, it’s like rats abandoning a sinking ship. they even charged us for the torpedo.

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By Verne Arnold, May 10, 2007 at 10:03 pm Link to this comment

I guess I’ll put in my 2 cents worth…thats quite an amazing 4 minutes of video.

I would think those people are witnesses to a crime, yes?  If so then whats stopping the indictments and arrests?

Oh yeah, it’s the impotent American people and their impotent elected officials.  With no one in the streets who will listen or care?

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By Maire, May 10, 2007 at 10:02 pm Link to this comment
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I was almost sick to the point of throwing up after watching the entire documentary.  I’m quite serious.  I felt disaffected - as though I had just awakened from a nightmare - for days.  It was a bit like watching the complete lack of reaction to the drowning of New Orleans after Katrina. 

I have no idea who these people are behind the scenes in these corporations, but I can tell you one thing:  they are sociopaths.  They even prey on our troops! 

It seems obvious that they wouldn’t know ethics, morality or patriotism if it bit them.  They are there for one thing only: money.  They seem to also enjoy torture.  That says a lot.

There is no honor here.  They disgrace us all.

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By DennisD, May 10, 2007 at 8:00 pm Link to this comment
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It’s called “crapitalism” folks, Bu$h Inc. style. Too many politicians from both parties have a vested interest in keeping the goose laying those golden eggs for their corporate donors. It’s the same reason there won’t be any impeachment even though no one, not even Nixon, has earned it more than Bu$hChen. Tax slaves revolt - ultimately we’re the ones funding these criminals and allowing it all to happen.

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By g, May 10, 2007 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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No shit…The Iraq war has turned into a gold rush for every Arab in the US. Trust me, every arab out there knows of this trend. 100,000 dollars a year plus signing bonuses, a free trip to see their family wherever… Titan, CACI, and others.

Not to mention strategic communication companies like “the Lincoln Group”...paying half-educated adults to formulate propaganda to scare/or induce cooperation amongst Iraqis. They pay their employees above 6 figures, not to mention little taxes with room, board, food payed for. And not just any food…you name it. From crab legs to omellettes whenever you want.

These companies pay exorbitant amounts of money for work the military does for a fraction. Further, they turn around and charge the tax payers close to tripple the amount they pay their employees. So for any contracted position making 100,000 +, These companies charge the US around 300,000 dollars for. Google them all. The empire is expanding….bleed the forests!

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By vandrop, May 10, 2007 at 6:25 pm Link to this comment
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Sickening.  Should be seen by all Americans.  WHY ISN’T CONGRESS ACTING!?!?!?!?!

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By crazyeyezkilla, May 10, 2007 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment
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does anyone seriously think any other party in power would act differently? lots of sane people posting here, ‘death to haliburton,’ mmm… a very measured response. ‘invent a new circle of hell,’ go on then magic man. george bush rocks

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By republicanSScareme, May 10, 2007 at 4:05 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, Virginia, the Republican Party is a criminal organization.

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By louis stroud, May 10, 2007 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment
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WOW!!!! so many people in so many articles, just can’t be wrong, i’ve been around 70 years and a liar is easy to spot, so how the hell did so many get put together in the executive branch? i think i could sit down and writea biography on those guys one at a time and get it really close from their childhood, it is all too obvious what they are doing, how they are doing it, and where all the money is ging, i predict half of them will settle in dubai after it is all over, no one wants them in this country!, however there may not be much left of this country when they get it all given away to other countries, it makes me sick just thinking about all the sacrifice our forefathers have gone through and the young men and women over there now are going through, and the administration has no respect for our troops, if they cared this would not have happened, and it would surely have stopped after the elections over there, another lie. i just can’t go on, too much heartache!!

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By vet240, May 10, 2007 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment
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If a lot of people don’t go to prison for this it will send a signal to more thieves to loot the American treasury of our tax dollars.

The Democrats had better demonstrate their non-affiliation with Cheney and his Haliburton thieves by demanding a stop to out-sourcing for the military.

It will be easy to stop once the Democrats act to remove our troops from Iraq.

Laws had better be passed to end this practice in future actions.

One might ask, Is there no limit to greed? The answer is obviously, no.

Don’t believe for a moment that our credit line is infinite. It is not. We will end up being owned by the Chinese and Japan.

Perhaps this is poetic justice to some outside the U.S. After all our corporations, with the help of our Governnment has been exploiting the rest of the world since the “Marshall Plan” of the late 40’s.

I repeat. A lot of people should go to jail for this.

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By Dale Headley, May 10, 2007 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment
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And why do the Republicans oppose showing this video in Congress?  For one thing, many of them have financial interests in those companies.  For instance, The President of the Senate - Dick Cheney - owns millions of dollars worth of Halliburton stock - stock that skyrocketed the day we invaded Iraq.  Every time a load of laundry is washed in Iraq, Dick Cheney gets a cut, in the form of another bump in the price of his Halliburton stock.
  And this all started on 9-12-01.  Americans were urged to duct tape their windows and doors.  As proposterous as that sounds, sales of duct tape doubled.  Who manufactures duct tape? The 3M Corporation.  Who owns 3M? Halliburton.  It was no coincidence.  The Iraq war is in large part a gigantic scam designed to enrich American corporations - lives of Iraqis and young Americans be damned.

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By QuyTran, May 10, 2007 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment

Not Republicans blocked this, it was Dick Cheney initiative because “Iraq For Sale” to Halliburton. This damned company makes a huge profits from this dirty war. Just ask “Uncle” big Dick !

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By 127001, May 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment

The Republicans have considered America’s resources as “free enterprise” for the taking into private pockets, yet many Americans are so much in denial, it’s sad.

This is not just happening with the war, it has been happening for quite some time within this country.

If you want to find out why our Constitutional rights are so easily violated, follow the money. Want to know why you don’t feel safe? Follow the money.

When you follow the money, you find your way right into Republican pockets.

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By WorriedInMN, May 10, 2007 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

The Republican’s banned this?  Makes me wonder what else they are wanting to hide.

As for the video, the information doesn’t really surprise me at all.  It is disturbing but not surprising.

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By C Quil, May 10, 2007 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

Is there one of Dante’s circles of hell for these people, or will I have to invent a new one?

The young lives, the wealth of the citizens, the security of the country is pouring out like water from a broken tap, and the money is flowing in to the pockets off the war profiteers.

Time for a few trials and impeachments, I think.

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By Hammo, May 10, 2007 at 10:50 am Link to this comment

Getting at Iraq’s oil, opening Iraq to “free enterprise” cronies of the Bush-Cheney administration and apparent outright war profiteering seems to have always been part of the plan for the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

This has become fairly obvious to Americans and people internationally. Related to these issues, see:

“‘Mistakes’ or ‘plans’ in 9/11, Iraq invasion and occupation, War on Terror?” (AmericanChronicle.com)

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=11401

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By Zena, May 10, 2007 at 9:29 am Link to this comment
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This puts me in a ‘killing-rage’ kind of mood. DEATH to Haliburton!!! Down with corupt Corporatists! UP with the PEOPLE!!!

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By mark jensen, May 10, 2007 at 8:14 am Link to this comment
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that’s capitalism at work.  thank you corporate america for all you’ve done to us.  can i bend over further master?  can you shove it in deeper sire?  that’s all right.  didn’t wake me up, i’m still sleeping.  capitalism, alway been a lie.

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By kevin, May 10, 2007 at 6:23 am Link to this comment
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Just more proof the Republicans are in the pockets of big business. They are disgusting individuals and should be fired when the President and Vice President are prosecuted for the evil they have done in the world.

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