IRAQ 4 SALE Coming to Dr. Suzy’s Speakeasy
Next Saturday, October 14, we are going to hold a screening of a new documentary produced and directed by my old friend Robert Greenwald at the Speakeasy: IRAQ for SALE: The War Profiteers. This is the second Robert Greenwald movie we’ve screened at the Speakeasy (the first was Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices). It’s also produced by Brave New Films and released just in time for the election. Lately, we’re all bombarded with the fact that the Republican party is the party of “naughty emails.” This reminds us that it is also the party of making big money off wartime misery.
I haven’t seen the movie yet. But from what I hear, it’s a searing indictment of the mercenary moguls involved in the creation and perpetration of Dubya’s dirty, bloody Iraqi Adventure, corporations like Halliburton and Blackwater that are making billions off of the American people, even as they are defrauding them. The movie has just come out, and it’s getting great reviews. According to the LA Times, “This time [Greenwald] is focused on one of those issues that might unite viewers across all political spectra: unconscionable war profiteering coupled with catastrophic decisions by major American companies.”
So we’ll have a little screening and plot a little revolution at the Speakeasy this Saturday. This will not be a show or a big party, just a small gathering (we’re cutting it off at 50) to watch the film, chat and have a drink afterwards, or maybe (you never know) have sex on the show bed, masturbate on the Monkey Rocker or get spanked on the Spanking Bench.
But please don’t come EXPECTING sex (though you never know). Come expecting a “trenchant indictment of war profiteering” (Village Voice) that is “crucial to fully understanding the Iraqi/American enterprise.” (TV Guide). I noticed from the preview that Abu Ghraib makes an appearance. Who are those contractors? Torturers-Are-Us?
There are so many kinds of “war profiteers.” Over the years – but with an aggressive recent boost from the Bushites – America has become embroiled in an enervating state of Perma-War, goaded by hate-mongering, pleasure-scorning religious zealots of all the major monotheistic brands, who in turn are exploited by the weapons manufacturers, the oil industry, the terror leaders, the mercenaries, the neocons, the “military industrial complex,” the snake-oil-selling major media and others who profit from the terrible tragedies of war. They’re all “war profiteers.”
In fact, as long as we let these wars rage on, we’re all war profiteers. I’m against the war(s), but I’m profiting a little just by writing about it. Though the evening of October 14th will not be for profit. In fact, it’s absolutely FREE. For more information, click here or call 213.670.0066.