Cigars in the Sand

Commentary, Notes and Pictures from my time in Iraq

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Location: Baghdad, Iraq

Farmer by genetics, Lawyer by training, currently "vacationing" in Iraq and advising the Iraqi government on border security issues. Before moving to Baghdad, I served in the White House as Deputy Counsel for the Homeland Security Council. I can be reached at opusxryanathotmaildotcom.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Christmas Morning in Baghdad

I woke up this morning to fresh cocoa and a warm fire, looking at my beautiful Christmas tree . . . . OK, not really. I got up this morning and strapped on my body armor and my sidearm for a trip out into the Red Zone for a meeting. After a 45-minute drive through areas like "Thieves' Market" and "Assassins Gate", I finally arrived at the appointed location. Of course, the other people who were supposed to attend the meeting didn't show, so the meeting was cancelled. We then convoyed back to the Green Zone.

What a way to spend Christmas morning.