The Fight to Save Iraqis America Left Behind

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Kirk W. Johnson tells why and how he started The List Project, which has helped more than 1,500 Iraqis who worked with Americans find refuge in America. In To Be a Friend Is Fatal, he writes of going to Iraq in January 2005, as USAID’s only Arabic-speaking American employee, and working alongside idealistic Iraqi translators who believed in the idea of a peaceful, democratic Iraq. Johnson also writes about how the violence, kidnapping, torture, and led him into a severe depression and PTSD.


Kirk W. Johnson

Comments [4]

pat from Manhattan

What a great interview, really sounded like Leonard had a lot more questions for Mr. Johnson, but ran out of time…maybe Leonard should get a 3 hour show! Thank you Mr. Johnson for your work, and thank you Leonard for allowing people tell their stories

Sep. 04 2013 02:33 PM
jmurphy from Long Island

Stories like this are why I give to WNYC. You would never hear this from corporately owned media. Thank you Kirk and Leonard.

Sep. 04 2013 02:00 PM
John A

Thanks for trying and caring. A similar book, from my notes: "We Meant Well"

Sep. 04 2013 01:52 PM

Would Mr. Johnson comment about J. Paul Bremmer? Was he at fault or were his options limited by the way the Provisional Authority was set up? Also, with re: to the private contractors, weren't they responsible for the Faluja mess? The Marine Colonel knew not to take too visible a stance so as to not insult the locals and the contractors didn't abide.

Sep. 04 2013 01:51 PM

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