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This essay is written from the perspective of inside observers who had regular access to many of the main Greek political and economic players from the era of Andreas Papandreou to the present administration of George Papandreou. One or the other of the authors was working in Greece in senior positions at the US Embassy in Athens with few interruptions from the mid-1980s to the early twenty-first century.