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|“||There are no sides, there's no Sunnis and Shiites, there's no Democrats and Republicans, there's only 'haves' and 'have-nots'. (Swagger: What exactly does working for you entail, Senator? Raping and murdering innocent women and children, you sick f***?! You sanctioned the mass murder of an entire village so a pipeline could go through!) ONE VILLAGE!! And it brought stability to the region, which means that no one chops off their arms because their grandmother's grandfather belonged to a different tribe! They like us down there, boy!||„|
|~ Meachum explaining his reasons behind the genocide on an Eritrean village.|
|“||There's always one confused soul that thinks that one man can make a difference. And you have to kill him to convince him otherwise. That's the hassle with democracy...||„|
|~ Meachum talking about Swagger.|
In the movie
Shortly before the events of the movie, Meachum ordered forces of the US military to kill an entire village in Eritrea because a pipeline was about to be build on the location and the townspeople did not want to move. It was a secret operation led by Colonel Johnson, and the US government was not informed.
When the Archbishop of Ethiopia is killed during the President's speech in Philadelphia, it appears that the assassin missed the president and accidentally killed the Archbishop, although the Archbishop was the real target as he wanted to tell the president about the genocide committed on Meachum's order in Eritrea three years ago.
During the raid on Sczerbiak's ranch, Swagger is told that Senator Meachum is the man behind Colonel Johnson and that he is a member of a conglomerate which ruthlessly wipes out any person who stands in their way, as in Eritrea. After Johnson's soldiers fail to kill Swagger, he meets with Meachum to report his failure. When Meachum is told, he states that he is beginning to think that Johnson was the wrong man for the job. During their conversation, Meachum states that there's always someone thinking different and that this man has to be killed.
While his phone call with Johnson, Swagger reveals that he has recorded his conversation with the assassin Sczerbiak and has proof for Johnson's and Meachum's involvement in Eritrea. Because Johnson has kidnapped Sarah, they arrange a meeting on a mountain peak. Meachum arrives after Johnson, on board a helicopter. He shows Johnson that he is obviously not happy to be there, this meaning that Swagger found out about his involvement. When a man supposed to be Swagger arrives from a distance, he gets shot by a sniper hidden in the snow. Meachum and Johnson are both relieved, believing Swagger to be dead but are then proven wrong when Johnson's sniper gets shot himself. The supposed Swagger rises again and is revealed as Nick Memphis, who wore a bullet proof west. Swagger then comes out of the Snow and joins the men. Memphis searches the two men and takes their weapons and throws them into the snow. Sarah picks up Meachum's gun and shoots Johnson's henchmen, who raped her previously. Meachum then walks to Swagger and tells him that with his unique skills, he could work for him. When Swagger is clearly appalled, Meachum states that the work is done anyways, it could as well be Swagger who would get paid for it. Swagger then takes out the recording about Eritrea and burns it, as as long as the recording exists, people would die for it and Swagger would not be safe. He states that now he is only a man who lives in the hills with to many guns and gets on his knees as FBI helicopters arrive on the scene. Meachum, clearly satisfied, then walks to his helicopter and leaves the scene.
During Swagger's hearing before the Department of Justice, it is noted that Senator Meachum was not able to attend. Despite Swagger's innocence being proven, both Meachum and Johnson walk out scot-free since their crimes are outside of American jurisdiction, much to Swagger's dismay.
In the night of Swagger's release, Johnson, Meachum and their associates celebrate in a house in the wild. Meachum drunkenly imitates the attorney, then tells Johnson about a new task in Ecuador, where he will once again kill locals who interfere with Meachum's plans. Johnson says that the problem is solvable, just as one of the guards gets sniped and falls on the table. Johnson jumps up and deduces that Swagger is here, but Swagger kills Johnson by shooting him behind the throat. Meachum drops on the floor, ordering his remaining associate to put out the lights. After this is done, Meachum tells associate to get his car, but Swagger blows it up at the same moment. Swagger then kills the remaining men and the associate as he enters the house. With his patience worn out following the deaths of Johnson and his men, Meachum fearfully tells Swagger to hold for a moment. Getting back in his chair, Meachum angrily asks Swagger if he has lost his mind, reminding him that he is still a Senator of the United States. Though Swagger agrees with him on this, he shoots Meachum in the face nonetheless, killing him for good. Swagger then creates a gas leak and with the chimney burning blows up the entire house.
- At the time of his death, he had served six terms as Senator.