Naomi Klein: Baghdad, Year Zero

Here’s my Al Franken Show snippet for today — an interview with Naomi Klein, author of Baghdad, Year Zero, published recently in Harpers. Klein discusses the mis-management of the reconstruction effort in Iraq.

My favorite part, starting at 1’46”: “A year into the so-called reconstruction, $18.4B allocated from Congress for that task, and I could not find a [construction] crane after a month in Baghdad… Almost my last day before I came home, around the corner I saw a crane… what it was doing was hoisting a huge billboard to the top of a three story building, selling imported [Saudi] honey.”

Here’s the video [11’12”, 8.1MB], which originally aired on Friday, 9/24.

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