A Trip I Wish I Could Make

From the email inbox just now:

Dear Colleague: You are invited to participate in the upcoming US Defense Industry Delegation to Iraq. We hope that you can be a part of this very important delegation that will take place on June 25-30, 2011 in Baghdad, Iraq. The 2nd US Defense Industry Delegation to Iraq's goal is to provide market entry or increased sales in Iraq for US Security, Sea, Land and Air Defense products and technologies. In addition, first hand market information and access to potential business partners, you can also Present your Products & Technologies to the Iraqi Military Commanders.

For further information, please see attached brochure and registration form.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at 202-xxx-xxxx or
email me at xxx@xxxx.net

I look forward to hearing from you.<<

Here is an idea of what the attached brochure contains, for instance with assurances that the trip will be the "most productive and result-oriented way to bring your company to the Iraq Defense market":


I know I speak for all Americans in saying that this makes me feel much better about the whole U.S. undertaking in Iraq, now entering its ninth year.

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James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

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