Cigars in the Sand

Commentary, Notes and Pictures from my time in Iraq

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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.

Thursday, December 23, 2004


How many water tanks can an Iraqi fasten to the roof of his vehicle? Amazingly, I see at least 4 or 5 trucks stacked just like this every time I'm at the al waleed border crossing.