Peter Van Buren

Peter Van Buren, a 24-year veteran of the US State Department, spent a year in Iraq. Following his book, “We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People,” the Department of State began proceedings against him. Through the efforts of the Government Accountability Project and the ACLU, Van Buren instead retired from the State Department on his own terms. His commentary has been featured in The New York Times, Reuters, Salon, NPR, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, TomDispatch and others, He has appeared on the BBC World Service, Huff Post Live and more.

Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition

The Iraq conflict is the American war that never ends and will never go well. I wanted to offer a wry chuckle before we headed into the heavy stuff about Iraq, so I tried to start this article with a suitably ironic formulation. You know, a déjà-vu-all-over-again kinda thing. I even thought about telling you how, in 2011, I contacted a noted author to blurb my book, We Meant Well: How I... Continue Reading

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