May 1, 2003
On May 1, 2003, the day President George W. Bush landed on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in front of the massive “Mission Accomplished” sign, I was in Baghdad performing what had become a daily ritual. I went to a gate on the side of the Republican Palace, in the Green Zone, where an American soldier was receiving, one by one, a long line of Iraqis who came with questions and complaints. I remember a man complaining that his house had been run over by a tank. There was a woman who had been a government employee and wanted to know about her salary. The soldier had a form he was supposed to fill out with each person’s request and that person’s contact information. I stood there as the man talked to each person and, each time, said, “Phone number?” And each person would answer some version of “The phone system of Iraq has been destroyed and doesn’t work.” Then the soldier would turn to the next person, write down the person’s question or complaint, and then ask, “Phone number?”
How is it that a story that dramatic and historically important first gets published in the New Yorker on April 14, 2018, 15 years after it happened?
Same author claims that he knew the financial system was going to implode in 2008 due to bad loans and CDOs, yet he didn't write about that at all before it happened. Yet we are to believe that he really did know.
Compare that to numerous people here on CoT who commented about the overvalued real estate market and cautioned about it well in advance of the crises, all who were ignored.