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Bad Days in Basra

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

While serving as Britain's senior representative in southern Iraq from 2003 to 2004, Sir Hilary Synnott tried to keep the region together as the rest of the country descended into chaos. In his new book, Bad Days in Basra: My Turbulent Time as Britain's Man in Southern Iraq, he reveals details about Paul Bremer, life in the Green Zone, mismanagement from London, and lots more.
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Sir Hilary Synnott

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Comments [4]

Joe from New Haven CT

Interesting show. Citizens of a free country that "engages" the world in good times (peace w/ prosperity) and bad (war / post-conflict / post disaster) need to have a better understanding of what diplomats do, what they don't do along with what military forces can and cannot do. This should be a good read along with "Prince of the Marshes" and Dana Priest's informative if somewhat flawed "The Mission". For a "world power" there is a significant deficite in diplomacy literacy in this country. State Department resources have been drying up for decades and ironically the only major public figure who is speaking up on this issue is the Secretary of Defence Robert Gates.

May. 22 2008 12:04 PM
naomi dagen bloom from harlem

aluminum, process we now use discovered by charles martin hall--19th century--which is why oberlin college has no benches in its central square.

http://www.alunet.net/shownews.asp?ID=490&type=3

May. 21 2008 01:26 PM
Steve from Baldwin, Long Island

There was no looting in Germany and Japan, 1945 because they were still coherent nations. Iraq is a fabrication - thus all the troubles from day one.

May. 21 2008 12:56 PM
Chuck from NJ

Does anyone think Sir Synnott sounds just like Jeremy Irons?

May. 21 2008 12:23 PM

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