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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.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Why I'm Here

I know many of you have inquired as to why I would leave my great job in DC for the comforts of Baghdad. Let me point you to some words from one of the President's most maligned moments:

"The advance of freedom is the surest strategy to undermine the appeal of terror in the world. Where freedom takes hold, hatred gives way to hope. When freedom takes hold, men and women turn to the peaceful pursuit of a better life. American values and American interests lead in the same direction: We stand for human liberty."

Political theorists will recognize those sentiments as the liberal case for war, not the neo-conservative one. Maybe I'm too young and naive to be a "realist" yet; if that's the case, I hope I never grow old.