Dan's Reviews > We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People

We Meant Well by Peter Van Buren
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Nov 11, 11

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Read from October 24 to November 04, 2011

A little too snarky even for my snark-friendly tastes. The problem with the flood of sarcasm for me was that it undermines his authority in his deadly serious portrayal of the rampant corruption and pointlessness of "postwar" Iraq. It is hard to tell whether he is a faithful reporter of what is happening or someone with a chip on their shoulder.

There are a couple of passages that will stay with me; those passages are typically when he is discussing successes or events so horrible that he doesn't need to crack wise. I am not sorry to have read it. I just can't recommend it without reservation.
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