We Meant Well

This is about a book,We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People telling of Peter Van Buren’s experiences in Iraq. I loved his writing style, both descriptive and snarky. But now, years later, the State Department is trying to fire him! How dare he actually tell the truth!

From a TV interview:

JUAN GONZALEZ: We end today’s show with an update on a story we first covered in November. The State Department has taken steps to fire a longtime employee who publicly criticized the U.S. government’s so-called reconstruction efforts in Iraq. The employee, Peter Van Buren, has worked at the State Department for 23 years. In 2009 and ’10, he headed two Provincial Reconstruction Teams in rural Iraq.

AMY GOODMAN: After returning from Iraq, he wrote a book called We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. Van Buren has also exposed State Department waste and mismanagement on his blog, wemeantwell.com. He has been facing a State Department investigation for over six months, but it appears the Department only moved to fire him once he filed a whistleblower reprisal complaint with the Office of Special Counsel.

 

When I bought this book, little did I realize I would be watching history unfold as the DC bureaucrats tried to cover their asses!  You go, Peter!

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