Good read. The issue of the US abandoning the local people whom helped us in Iraq and Afghanistan has been something I have cared about greatly long before this book come out. Most attention is focused just on the translators, but frankly anyone who helped any of the occupying nations are a target. The author discusses how so many road blocks are constantly erected in helping these people and how it really boils down to the USA hoping they either give up or get killed.
While working for USAID in Iraq, Kirk Johnson suffers a career-ending injury. Bitter and depressed, he is directionless and unemployed when a former Iraqi coworker emails asking for help immigrating to the U.S. because of death threats. Within months, Kirk has a list of several thousand American-employed Iraqis in the same circumstances. Kirk begins writing op-ed pieces, lobbying the State Department, and appearing on news shows to try to save them before the U.S. leaves Iraq. A well-written story! It makes you glad there are people out there like the author and distressed to read about the U.S. government's response.
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