Listeners respond to NPR Producer Tom Bullock's essay on the end of his Iraq assignment. He says when he arrived in 2003 it was safe to go get a haircut. Shops reminded him of the Andy Griffith Show. But a degree of hope evaporated before his departure after 21 tours in 2007.
Shrikanth Gopalakrishnan, who listens to Morning Edition on WBEZ in Chicago, says: "Kudos to Mister Bullock for combining the elements of good reporting while giving the listeners a glimpse into the personal world of the reporter."
But the commentary elicited this from Lynn Book of Winston-Salem, North Carolina: "The nostalgic bent to the whole piece was off-putting and offensive given the ridiculous assertion that there was a "Golden Era" in Iraq at the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion that was nothing but destructive. For Bullock to assume his glib stance after 21 assignments there is a mockery of the tragedy that is real and longstanding in Iraq."
Another listener, Gabe Joseph of Seattle, called it the most meaningful commentary he's heard on Iraq: "A daily news report where you hear about a bombing just doesn't really fill in all the details for what's it like for people on the ground."
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