Backstabbing for BeginnersDVD - 2018
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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