We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People

We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People

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Paperback, Henry Holt & Co, 2012, ISBN13 9780805096811, ISBN10 0805096817
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WE MEANT WELL

"One diplomat's darkly humorous and ultimately scathing assault on just about everything the military and State Department have done--or tried to do--since the invasion of Iraq. The title says it all."--"The New York Times"""

Charged with rebuilding Iraq, would you spend taxpayer money on a sports mural in Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhood to promote reconciliation through art? How about an isolated milk factory that cannot get its milk to market? Or a pastry class training women to open cafes on bombed-out streets that lack water and electricity?

As Peter Van Buren shows, we bought all these projects and more in the most expensive hearts-and-minds campaign since the Marshall Plan. "We Meant Well" is his eyewitness account of the civilian side of the surge--that surreal and bollixed attempt to defeat terrorism and win over Iraqis by reconstructing the world we had just destroyed. Leading a State Department Provincial Reconstruction Team on its quixotic mission, Van Buren details, with laser-like irony, his yearlong encounter with pointless projects, bureaucratic fumbling, overwhelmed soldiers, and oblivious administrators secluded in the world's largest embassy, who fail to realize that you can't rebuild a country without first picking up the trash.

A work of "scathing, gallows humor" ("The Boston Globe"), "We Meant Well" is a tragicomic voyage of ineptitude and corruption that leaves its writer--and readers--appalled and disillusioned, but wiser.

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Number of Pages: 269
Original Languages: English
Author: Van Buren, Peter
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
ISBN-13: 9780805096811
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.50 x 8.25 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0805096817
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