FDL Book Salon Welcomes Peter Van Buren, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People

By: Saturday October 22, 2011 1:59 pm

You can summarize the story of Peter Van Buren’s We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People with his assessment of the scams Iraqis pulled off with reconstruction dollars: “It wasn’t so much we were conned, it was as if we demanded to be cheated and would not take no for an answer.” The book describes what he saw of the various reconstruction efforts in Iraq, particularly his experience serving on a State Department Provisional Reconstruction Team in 2009.

Want to Become an FDL Member? Give Me a Call!

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 12:30 pm

Yesterday Ryan and I were making (and taking) calls on the livestream. I was calling FDL members to thank them for signing up, and also following up on requests that many had made to get more involved as volunteers. We tried to clone the fabulous Brian, but that didn’t work (though we did wind up with some rather singular sheep). So I’m calling people today who indicated they have graphics skills to see if we can get Brian some help doing graphics and layouts for our campaigns.

If you’d like to volunteer but can’t afford a membership, we have some really generous members who have offered to donate scholarships. So if you’re interested, give Ryan a call at (202) 506-3917.

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Upcoming FDL Book Salons

Saturday, April 19, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill
Chat with Mark Ebner about his new book. Hosted by Beth Karas.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
The Gulf of Tonkin Events – Fifty Years Later: A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War
Chat with John White about his new book. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah J. Nelson.