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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers


On today's radio show, we were joined by Sarah Feeley, producer of Robert Greenwald's new film, Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers. It's a must see.

American taxpayers are spending $100,000 PER MINUTE on the Iraq war. How is that money being spent? And why is there no accountability? The film takes a critical look at the companies that are providing the kinds of services in Iraq that the military once handled itself, such as supplying food, water, and laundry for incredibly high prices.

The film focuses on Blackwater Security Consulting, which has a small army of bodyguards in Iraq; on Halliburton's KBR, which supplies American troops with everything from fuel to food to latrines; and on CACI International, which hired employees to translate at Abu Ghraib prison.

So who's benefiting? Halliburton's CEO is making $12,000 PER HOUR. Vice President Dick Cheney's stock options in Halliburton rose from $241,498 in 2004 to over $8 million in 2005, an increase of more than 3,000 percent.

The film does an excellent job of explaining the connections between war profiteers and the Republican Party, and gives a voice to people who've been directly impacted by the contractors, including former Halliburton truck drivers, Abu Ghraib interrogators, Army specialists, and CACI translators.

Be sure to see it and share it with friends and family.

2 Comments:

At 9/10/2006 9:38 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

"Vice President Dick Cheney's stock options in Halliburton rose from $241,498 in 2004 to over $8 million in 2005, an increase of more than 3,000 percent."

What? Not mention of Cheney's Halliburton stock agreements? Just an oversight, I'm sure....

"The agreement specifies that 40% will go to the University of Wyoming (Cheney’s home state), 40% will go to George Washington University’s medical faculty to be used for tax-exempt charitable purposes, and 20% will go to Capital Partners for Education, a charity that provides financial aid for low-income students in Washington, DC to attend private and religious schools."

http://www.factcheck.org/article261.html

 
At 9/10/2006 12:50 PM, Blogger Jack Boo said...

(That should be "No mention..." above.)

Anyway, I guess those charities that benifited from Haliburton's stock, which include George Washington's medical faculty and the low income students in Washington, DC are "war profiteers" as well.

 

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