We didn’t do too much harm (in Iraq)

Peter Van Buren

‘We Meant Well’: An Attempt To Rebuild Iraq

Peter Van Buren was a career U.S. Foreign Service officer for more than two decades when he left for Iraq in 2009. He discovered that the success of his mission might depend on contented cows and slaughtered chickens. Host Scott Simon speaks with Van Buren about his new book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. It’s a sharp, bitter and sometimes funny account of his time embedded with the U.S. Army in Iraq.


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