The main thing I learned from the movie was that the US governemtn is basically for sale, and the media are not doing their job. If people knew how much tax money was being moved away from schools, public programs, government research, the environment etc. and directed towards KBR, Blackwater, Halliburton, etc., they would be pretty upset. So long as the media ignore all this, the private businesses and their helpers in washington can continue to just help themselves. That's why war is such good business for the government - its the easiest and fastest way to get rich, and anyone who objects is easy to paint as un-American.
It's critical for these war profiteers that the laws never catch up to them. That survive becuase they get full protection from the US Army and the government. There's no way to investigate any claims against these companies. They can break the law as they like. They are run by ex-military generals and former high-ranking federal govt. officials. Their deep, long-term relationships extend everywhere: across the pentagon, through the whole congress and certainly at the white house.
The reason the Army has become so corrupt is because refusing to join into the criminal activity can seriously damage your career. Any Army general who will retire in 2 or 3 years has a choice of helping arrange big contracts for these companies and getting a high-paying job when he retires. Or he can work to expose the fraud and waste of tax dollars, and be punished by the white house and his corrupt superiors. If they dare to speak their conscience, they risk losing everything - this has happened to many generals who dared to speak out.
Many Americans who love private business and hate all government and taxes will defend these private armies. They say it's good for the economy, and just the natural free market at work. They will claim that these private companies do a better job than the Army because their jobs can go to their competitors if they don't. But this is not the situation as the movie shows. Almost all the contracts are awarded without any bidding at all. And they actually do a terrible job - even to the point of putting our troops at risk. The US Govt. is actually encouraging and protecting monopolies, which is very bad for capitalism.
Blackwater is currently suing families who had sons and daughters lost in Iraq, to divert attention away from their illegal actions. They want to confuse the public and blame the families - try and make it seem as if the employees are to blame for getting killed. Read this article from last month to see what happens when ordinary citizens - not anyone in congress - try to expose what these companies are up to. http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/53460/.
It's sad that in America, the legal system doesn't work anymore becuase of greed in the government and in the military. All efforts to investigate wrongdoing are controlled by the same politicians who keep these companies wealthy and growing.
You know, you and I are lucky that we can still rent movies like this and learn about the real situation; think about mainland China, where even attempting to access the truth on government corruption will put you in jail. As long as news like this is kept quiet, congressmen can continue on like they have, keeping these companies safe from being investigated. Like usual, the news channels and newspapers will keep everything quiet, and nobody in general society will know enough to question their congressmen and senators. And when it comes time to raise money for re-election, KBR, Haliburton, CACI etc. will donate huge sums of money as bribes, and the repay these politicians for keeping them above the law.