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⌐ write easy reader 邏 Imperial Life in the Emerald City  ᓨ By Rajiv Chandrasekaran ᠀ ⌐ write easy reader 邏 Imperial Life in the Emerald City ᓨ By Rajiv Chandrasekaran ᠀ 1Versailles on the TigrisUNLIKE ALMOST ANYWHERE else in Baghdad, you could dine at the cafeteria in the Republican Palace for six months and never eat hummus, flatbread, or a lamb kebab The fare was always American, often with a Southern flavor A buffet featured grits, cornbread, and a bottomless barrel of pork sausage for breakfast, hot dogs for lunch, pork chops for dinner There were bacon cheeseburgers, grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches, and bacon omelets Hundreds of Iraqi secretaries and translators who worked for the occupation authority had to eat in the dining hall Most of them were Muslims, and many were offended by the presence of pork But the American contractors running the kitchen kept serving it The cafeteria was all about meeting American needs for high calorie, high fat comfort food.None of the succulent tomatoes or the crisp cucumbers grown in Iraq made it into the salad bar U.S government regulations dictated that everything, even the water in which hot dogs were boiled, be shipped in from approved suppliers in other nations Milk and bread were trucked in from Kuwait, as were tinned peas and carrots The breakfast cereal was flown in from the United Statesmade in the USA Froot Loops and Frosted Flakes at the breakfast table helped boost morale.When the Americans had arrived, there was no cafeteria in the palace Saddam Hussein had feasted in an ornate private dining room and his servants had eaten in small kitchenettes The engineers assigned to transform the palace into the seat of the American occupation chose a marble floored conference room the size of a gymnasium to serve as the mess hall Halliburton, the defense contractor hired to run the palace, brought in dozens of tables, hundreds of stacking chairs, and a score of glass covered buffets Seven days a week, the Americans ate under Saddams crystal chandeliers.Red and white linens covered the tables Diners sat on chairs with maroon cushions A pleated skirt decorated the salad bar and the dessert table, which was piled high with cakes and cookies The floor was polished after every meal.A mural of the World Trade Center adorned one of the entrances The Twin Towers were framed within the outstretched wings of a bald eagle Each branch of the U.S militarythe army, air force, marines, and navyhad its seal on a different corner of the mural In the middle were the logos of the New York City Police and Fire departments, and atop the towers were the words thank god for the coalition forces freedom fighters at home and abroad.At another of the three entrances was a bulletin board with posted notices, includingthose that read, bible studywednesdays at 7 p.m.go running with the hash house harriers feeling stressed come visit us at the combat stress clinic.for sale like new hunting knife.lost camera reward offered.The kitchen, which had once prepared gourmet meals for Saddam, had been converted into an institutional food processing center, with a giant deep fryer and bathtub size mixing bowls Halliburton had hired dozens of Pakistanis and Indians to cook and serve and clean, but no Iraqis Nobody ever explained why, but everyone knew They could poison the food.The Pakistanis and the Indians wore white button down shirts with black vests, black bow ties, and white paper hats The Kuwaiti subcontractor who kept their passports and exacted a meaty profit margin off each worker also dinned into them American lingo When I asked one of the Indians for French fries, he snapped We have no French fries here, sir Only freedom fries.The seating was as tribal as that at a high school cafeteria The Iraqi support staffers kept to themselves They loaded their lunch trays with enough calories for three meals Between mouthfuls, they mocked their American bosses with impunity So few Americans in the palace spoke Arabic fluently that those who did could have fit around one table, with room to spare.Soldiers, private contractors, and mercenaries also segregated themselves So did the representatives of the coalition of the willingthe Brits, the Aussies, the Poles, the Spaniards, and the Italians The American civilians who worked for the occupation government had their own cliques the big shot political appointees, the twentysomethings fresh out of college, the old hands who had arrived in Baghdad in the first weeks of occupation In conversation at their tables, they observed an unspoken protocol It was always appropriate to praise the missionthe Bush administrations campaign to transform Iraq into a peaceful, modern, secular democracy where everyone, regardless of sect or ethnicity, would get along Tirades about how Saddam had ruined the country and descriptions of how you were going to resuscitate it were also fine But unless you knew someone really, really well, you didnt question American policy over a meal.If you had a complaint about the cafeteria, Michael Colewas the man to see He was Halliburtons customer service liaison, and he could explain why the salad bar didnt have Iraqi produce or why pork kept appearing on the menu If you wanted to request a different type of breakfast cereal, hed listen Cole didnt have the weathered look of a war zone concierge He was a rail thin twenty two year old whose forehead was dotted with pimples.He had been out of college for less than a year and was working as a junior aide to a Republican congressman from Virginia when a Halliburton vice president overheard him talking to friends in an Arlington bar about his dealings with irate constituents She was so impressed that she introduced herself If she needed someone to work as a valet in Baghdad, he joked, hed be happy to volunteer Three weeks later, Halliburton offered him a job Then they asked for his rsum.Cole never ate pork products in the mess hall He knew many of the servers were Pakistani Muslims and he felt terrible that they had to handle food they deemed offensive He was rewarded for his expression of respect with invitations to the Dickensian trailer park where the kitchen staff lived They didnt have to abide by American rules governing food procurement Their kitchens were filled with local produce, and they cooked spicy curries that were better than anything Cole found in the cafeteria He thought of proposing an Indian Pakistani food night at the mess hall, but then remembered that the palace didnt do ethnic fare The cooking had to make people feel like they were back at home, he said And home, in this case, was presumed to be somewhere south of the Mason Dixon Line.Coles mission was to keep the air in the bubble, to ensure that the Americans who had left home to work for the occupation administration felt comfortable Food was part of it But so were movies, mattresses, and laundry service If he was asked for something, Cole tried to get it, whether he thought it important or not Yes, sir Well look into that, hed say Or, Im sorry youre so upset Well try to fix it as soon as possible.The palace was the headquarters of the Coalition Provisional Authority, the American occupation administration in Iraq From April 2003 to June 2004, the CPA ran Iraqs governmentit enacted laws, printed currency, collected taxes, deployed police, and spent oil revenue At its height, the CPA had than 1,500 employees in Baghdad, most of them American They were a motley bunch businessmen who were active in the Republican Party, retirees who wanted one last taste of adventure, diplomats who had studied Iraq for years, recent college graduates who had never had a full time job, government employees who wanted the 25 percent salary bonus paid for working in a war zone The CPA was headed by Americas viceroy in Iraq, Lewis Paul Bremer III, who always wore a blue suit and tan combat boots, even on those summer days when Iraqis drooped in the heat He was surrounded by burly, submachine guntoting bodyguards everywhere he went, even to the bathroom in the palace.The palace was Versailles on the Tigris Constructed of sandstone and marble, it had wide hallways, soaring columns, and spiral staircases Massive bronze busts of Saddam in an Arab warriors headdress looked down from the four corners of the roof The cafeteria was on the south side, next to a chapel with a billboard size mural of a Scud missile arcing into the sky In the northern wing was an enormous ballroom with a balcony overlooking the dance floor The heart of the palace was a giant marble rotunda with a turquoise dome After the Americans arrived, the entire place took on the slapdash appearance of a start up company Dell computers sat atop ornate wooden desks partitioned by fabric covered cubicle dividers Data cables snaked along the gilded moldings Erasable whiteboards hung from the mirrored walls.A row of portable toilets lined the rear driveway The palace, designed as a showplace for Saddam to meet visiting dignitaries, lacked enough commodes for hundreds of occupants Dormitory space was also in short supply Most new arrivals had to sleep on bunk beds in the chapel, a room that came to resemble a World War II field hospital.Appearances aside, the same rules applied in the palace asin any government building in Washington Everyone wore an identification badge Decorum was enforced in the high ceilinged halls I remember hearing a soldier admonish a staffer hustling to a meeting Maam, you must not run in the corridor.Whatever could be outsourced was The job of setting up town and city councils was performed by a North Carolina firm for 236 million The job of guarding the viceroy was assigned to private guards, each of whom made than 1,000 a day For running the palacecooking the food, changing the lightbulbs, doing the laundry, watering the plants Halliburton had been handed hundreds of millions of dollars.Halliburton had been hired to provide living support services to the CPA What that meant kept evolving When the first Americans arrived in Baghdad in the weeks after Saddams government was toppled, all anyone wanted was food and water, laundry service, and air conditioning By the time Cole arrived, in August 2003, four months into the occupation, the demands had grown The viceroys house had to be outfitted with furniture and art suitable for a head of state The Halliburton run sports bar at the al Rasheed Hotel needed a Foosball table The press conference room required large screen televisions.The Green Zone quickly became Baghdads Little America Everyone who worked in the palace lived there, either in white metal trailers or in the towering al Rasheed Hundreds of private contractors working for firms including Bechtel, General Electric, and Halliburton set up trailer parks there, as did legions of private security guards hired to protect the contractors The only Iraqis allowed inside the Green Zone were those who worked for the Americans or those who could prove that they had resided there before the war.It was Saddam who first decided to turn Baghdads prime riverfront real estate into a gated city within a city, with posh villas, bungalows, government buildings, shops, and even a hospital He didnt want his aides and bodyguards, who were given homes near his palace, to mingle with the masses And he didnt want outsiders peering in The homes were bigger, the trees greener, the streets wider than in the rest of Baghdad There were palms and fewer people There were no street vendors and no beggars No one other than members of Saddams inner circle or his trusted cadre of guards and housekeepers had any idea what was inside Those who loitered near the entrances sometimes landed in jail Iraqis drove as fast as they could on roads near the compound lest they be accused of gawking.It was the ideal place for the Americans to pitch their tents Saddam had surrounded the area with a tall brick wall There were only three points of entry All the military had to do was park tanks at the gates.The Americans expanded Saddams neighborhood by a few blocks to encompass the gargantuan Convention Center and the al Rasheed, a once luxurious establishment made famous by CNNs live broadcasts during the 1991 Persian Gulf War They fortified the perimeter with seventeen foot high blast barriers made of foot thick concrete topped with coils of razor wire.Open spaces became trailer parks with grandiose names CPA staffers unable to snag a room at the al Rasheed lived in Poolside Estates Cole and his fellow Halliburton employees were in Camp Hope The Brits dubbed their accommodations Ocean Cliffs At first, the Americans felt sorry for the Brits, whose trailers were in a covered parking garage, which seemed dark and miserable But when the insurgents began firing mortars into the Green Zone, everyone wished they were in Ocean Cliffs The envy increased when Americans discovered that the Brits didnt have the same leaky trailers with plastic furniture supplied by Halliburton theirs had been outfitted by Ikea.Americans drove around in new GMC Suburbans, dutifully obeying the thirty five mile an hour speed limit signs posted by the CPA on the flat, wide streets There were so many identical Suburbans parked in front of the palace that drivers had to use their electronic door openers as homing devices One contractor affixed Texas license plates to his vehicle to set it apart When they cruised around, they kept the air conditioning on high and the radio tuned to 107.7 FM, Freedom Radio, an American run station that played classic rock and rah rah messages Every two weeks, the vehicles were cleaned at a Halliburton car wash.Shuttle buses looped around the Green Zone at twenty minute intervals, stopping at wooden shelters to transport those who didnt have cars and didnt want to walk There was daily mail delivery Generators ensured that the lights were always on If you didnt like what was being served in the cafeteriaor you were feeling peckish between mealsyou could get takeout from one of the Green Zones Chinese restaurants Halliburtons dry cleaning service would get the dust and sweat stains out of your khakis in three days A sign warned patrons to remove ammunition from pockets before submitting clothes.Iraqi laws and customs didnt apply inside the Green Zone Women jogged on the sidewalk in shorts and T shirts A liquor store sold imported beer, wine, and spirits One of the Chinese restaurants offered massages as well as noodles The young boys selling DVDs near the palace parking lot had a secret stash Mister, you want porno they whispered to me.Most Americans sported suede combat boots, expensive sunglasses, and nine millimeter Berettas attached to the thigh with a Velcro holster They groused about the heat and the mosquitoes and the slothful habits of the natives A contingent of Gurkhas stood as sentries in front of the palace.If there was any law in the Green Zone, it was American Military police pulled drivers over for speeding and drunk driving When a shipment of office safes arrived, Halliburton prevented its American employees from lifting or delivering them until hand trucks and back braces had been sent to Baghdad When one CPA staffer complained that she needed her safeshe said she was storing tens of thousands of dollars in her office toiletCole explained that Halliburton had to follow American occupational safety regulations.As the Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post, Chandrasekaran has probably spent time in U.S occupied Iraq than any other American journalist, and his intimate perspective permeates this history of the Coalition Provisional Authority headquartered in the Green Zone around Saddam Hussein s former palace He presents the tenure of presidential viceroy L Paul Bremer between May 2003 and June 2004 as an all too avoidable disaster, in which an occupational administration selected primarily for its loyalty to the Bush administration routinely ignored the reality of local conditions until, as one ex staffer puts it, everything blew up in our faces Chandrasekaran unstintingly depicts the stubborn cluelessness of many Americans in the Green Zonelike the army general who says children terrified by nighttime helicopters should appreciate the sound of freedom But he sympathetically portrays others trying their best to cut through the red tape and institute genuine reforms He also has a sharp eye for details, from casual sex in abandoned offices to stray cats adopted by staffers, which enable both advocates and critics of the occupation to understand the emotional toll of its circuslike atmosphere Thanks to these personal touches, the account of the CPA s failures never feels heavy handed Sept 22 Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reserved. 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    • Imperial Life in the Emerald City
    • 2.2
    • 125
    • Format Kindle
    • 336 pages
    • Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    • Anglais
    • 06 February 2018

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