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Rory Stewart

“In the evening [the Iraqi interim governor of Maysan province] asked me for fifty dollars to repair his windows, which had been destroyed in a recent demonstration. Although he was the governor, his salary was only four hundred and fifty dollars a month, and Baghdad had still not agreed to give the governors an independent budget.... For the sake of a tiny sum of money - a couple thousand dollars a month from the hundred billion we had spent on the invasion - we were alienating our key partner and successor.
p. 264”


Rory Stewart, The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
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The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq by Rory Stewart
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