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Bulletproof Salesman (2008)

 -  Documentary  -  March 2008 (USA)
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Fidelis Cloer is a self-confessed war profiteer who found The Perfect War when the US invaded Iraq. It wasn't about selling a dozen cars, or even a hundred, it was a thousand-car war where security would become the ultimate product.

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Within days of the coalition forces entering Baghdad, Fidelis Cloer has arrived as well. He sells armored cars. Over the next few years, he sells more than 200 in Iraq. We watch him examine the wreckage of destroyed vehicles, gathering information on how to improve his product. He talks about his competition. We visit a testing center in Bavaria where Cloer's researchers blow up vehicles. Talking to the camera, Cloer gives advice on safety and blending in. Near the end of the film, he's in Kabul, repeating his pattern of research and sales. He's philosophical, confident he'll always have work. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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14 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BULLETPROOF SALESMAN admirably demonstrates that, "War is Great For Business". Fidelis Cloer is a salesman of high priced German armored automobiles, and it is his job to travel to the hottest war zones on the planet, and sell 'safety' and 'protection'. He freely, and somewhat comically, reveals that he is very much, 'For War', and, 'Against Peace'. He deflects any real moral responsibility, and his only defense seems to be that if he didn't provide this service, then someone else would, and more people would die. I think that all Americans should think long and hard the next time that they hear the following phrase.... "Our soldiers are sacrificing their lives so that we can enjoy our American Freedoms", and ask why corporations cannot do the same? If the profit motive was removed from War, then I think that our foreign policy would drastically change. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of the corruption which occurred in Iraq soon after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Cloer claims that the corrupt practices were initiated by American companies who were quick to grab for the billions of government dollars which were pumped into this beleaguered nation, and as soon the new Iraqi government was in place, they quickly followed suit. Following The Rush To War, almost no oversight was initiated and all kinds of double dealing and financial manipulations began to occur. Cloer's company no longer sells in Iraq because now these government officials demand a payment before they will even listen to a sales pitch. I think that it will be fifty years or more before the real truth about the depth and breadth of this corruption is fully revealed. And, because our Media Military Industrial Complex has become 'bulletproof', I don't even know if it will make one iota of difference. BULLETPROOF SALESMAN addresses many interesting and provocative ideas, and alludes to many more.


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