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.

Sunday, December 05, 2004


I spent this past week in Amman, Jordan at the AJEX 2004 conference. The Kingdom of Jordan invited me to address the conference on border security issues in Iraq. Basically, the idea of the conference was to promote business development in Iraq, using Jordan as a base station. The conference went well, and I think my speech was well-received. As soon as I left the stage I found myself surrounded by businessmen eager to get into the Iraqi market. Talk about a good sign!