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.

Friday, January 07, 2005


I'm also glad to be back to a place where I can enjoy real food (albeit food prepared for the masses). At the camp, we ate MREs for lunch, and heated up T-rats on this fire in the evening. Dinner was usually our time for socializing and fun. Here we are enjoying storytelling from LTC Jones. Even in the middle of the desert, you've gotta have a little fun. Those of you who know me know I'm in agreement with PJ O'Rourke's assessment: "Seriousness is stupidity sent to college."