Backstabbing for Beginners

Backstabbing for Beginners

DVD - 2018
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Based on a true story, this gripping and timely thriller follows an idealistic UN employee as he investigates the grisly murder of his predecessor and uncovers a vast global conspiracy that man even involve his own boss.
Publisher: [United States] : A24 Films, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD B
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Jan 17, 2019

They have 100 percent fxcking certainty WMD's in Iraq, and zero percent certainty where they are.
My fellow citizens, at this hour American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people, and to defend the world from grave danger. Over the next 24 to 48 hours, perhaps as many as 3,000, 3,000 Tomahawk cruise missiles, satellite guided precision bombs,
laser guided bombs would be dropped at various targets not only in Baghdad, around Baghdad, but elsewhere around the...
The optimism of liberation was short-lived. It turned out nobody had made plans for what to do after Saddam was gone. The Americans had purged everyone who had been loyal to the regime, which meant there wasn't anybody left who knew how to run the country.
Iraq spiraled into anarchy, chaos, and terror. All those countries that had been
scamming Oil-for-Food before the war, well, they got ready to carve Iraq up.
Like it was one big pie.

Jan 17, 2019

We didn't make the storm. And we can't control the storm. All we can do is plot our course, set our sails, and try to do our best. As we did, and we do.
Saddam has been selling oil vouchers at a discount to people who turn around, resell the vouchers at the going oil peak rate for a huge profit. Saddam gets a kickback, a share of the difference between his discount and the going rate.
-How much did he make?
I don't know, could be over a billion dollars.
-Jesus Christ. Do we know if these are real?
They look real. And it looks like a system. There's a list of all the major players: politicians, businessmen, bankers. We're talking highly-placed people at the very heart of most First World governments. And they are taking
millions of dollars in bribes.
I take a cut, sure. Why not? Everyone else has. I put my whole career on the line for this mission, every fucking day.

Jan 17, 2019

The rations, when they come, are always half what was promised.
- The North is a protectorate, so unfortunately...
They had been hurt harder under the sanctions than any other region, and while Oil-for-Food was providing some relief, it had helped sustain the very regime that oppressed them.
-The Kurds have plenty of money to buy their own food, from that black market oil!
Minister, if you would allow me...
- The Kurdish conflict with Iraq goes back nearly a century. Saddam Hussein took it to a whole new level. Forced displacement, mass detention and torture. And then, when that didn't work, he resorted to land mines and cluster bombs, sarin gas and nerve agents, killing tens of thousands and crippling tens of thousands more. A reign of terror that included the worst single act
of chemical genocide ever committed against a civilian population. Kurds are dying for simply being Kurdish.

Jan 17, 2019

Kid, it's diplomacy. It sometimes requires removing obstacles that stand in the way of a successful outcome.
Look where we are. Committing crimes and taking bribes.
-The crime would have been to do nothing, to watch innocents suffer and die
Everyone trying to barter in their secrets and their services. Information is everything. The currency, the power. Look. Listen. Learn.
- Everyone has their own agenda?
Baby Bush thinks Saddam disrespected his papa. American neocons? They're convinced democracy will bloom here like a fucking flower... good luck with that. Putin wants Bush to fail, China wants the new markets, half of Europe couldn't care less whether Saddam gasses civilians or builds a bomb.
Big Oil... simply wants an end to the sanctions so it can suck at the Iraqi teat.

Jan 17, 2019

The first rule of diplomacy is that the truth is not a matter of fact, it's a matter of consensus. The consensus right now is that the sanctions are here to stay.
The Americans and the British will never lift them, which means... that if you want the people of Iraq to survive, we have to keep Oil-for-Food running. Even with all its warts and flaws.
The program is a failure. The sanctions aren't working.
- How is the program failing? Medicine is getting through.
At what cost?
- People are getting basic staples.
At what cost? Everybody is grifting the system. Corruption grows like a cancer.
- It'll never be perfect, and surely it's better than doing nothing.

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Jan 17, 2019

I was aware going in that the Oil-for-Food program had become something
of a political football. The program budget was 10 billion dollars a year. The entire rest of the UN operational budget was only two. There was crazy money to be had. Special interests circling like buzzards. The program was simple. Because of the economic sanctions imposed against Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War, Iraq's economy had crashed. People were starving and dying from a lack of basic medicine and staples. The Oil-for-Food program was designed to provide Iraqi citizens with what they needed to survive. While at the same time, preventing Saddam from developing his alleged weapons of mass destruction. Under UN supervision, Iraqi oil was being sold at market prices to pay for humanitarian aid. Our job was to keep it funded by making sure everything went by the book.


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Jun 11, 2019

One of those movies you really have to pay attention to the dialogue to follow along. I didn't really 'feel' the movie even though it was well made and acting was very good. Just something missing and I can't put my finger on it.

Feb 26, 2019

REALLY shows how the stories of our GEO political corruptions of 2000's are not fictious. Even when we give donations to charities there are tons of individuals getting cuts...let alone the movie said hundreds of countries & corporations were implementing corruptions in the "oil for food" deal during the BUSH presidency.....what.....makes one think how US cabinet officials are doing as LOBBIST for current programs for international assistance...or even for the most popular wounded US warrior projects.

Antagonist film to seek the public to be more proactive when we "pay aid" to those in need.
5 stars Awareness.

Jan 17, 2019

A dream job of a young man in the United Nations from Oct 2002 to Sept. 2003 ... U.S. invaded Iraq on 21 November 2003 and ended the job. Excellent performance by Ben Kingsley as a complicit high level middleman who was convincing to present a rational argument for Oil-for-Food program despite of rampant corruption. BTW, comments herein erred on the source of the program funding, that its funding did not come from "us or We" (unless us or We are Iraqi citizens) or US taxpayers, per wiki and as told by the film:

The Oil-for-Food Programme (OIP), established by the United Nations in 1995 (under UN Security Council Resolution 986) was established to allow Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs for ordinary Iraqi citizens without allowing Iraq to boost its military capabilities.

Jun 26, 2018

This movie shows us how crooked the world governments are. All the billions dollars taken from us never reach the poor and needy of the country which trigger the mass exodus' from that country. We need to stop giving the money until another way of helping the poor is found.

Jun 06, 2018

I guess I wasn't in the mood for this. Not much of a surprise that US taxpayers fund the scams we call humanitarian aide while the rich make billions. Not much surprise that the political scene is just one more way the corrupt officials and the sociopaths in power draw in young, naive idealists and corrupt them. Only surprise to me was the unspoken message that this has been cleared up--even though it has just gotten worse the last few years.


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Aug 20, 2018

Based on a true story, a young program coordinator at the United Nations stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq's oil reserves.

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Theo James, Jacqueline Bisset.



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