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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, January 20, 2005

U.S. Building Forts On Iraq Border

The reporter who filed this story was with us at the Syrian border the last few days. Its a pretty fair story, accurately capturing the spirit of the Desert Wolves (the new special border force on the Syrian border).

The creation, development and mentoring of the Desert Wolves has been my sole focus for the last two months. I've been involved in every aspect of the plan, from recruiting the men in Tikrit to setting up the border positions to naming them the "Desert Wolves." It's been an amazing experience. But for those of you who are always asking, "What exactly do you do?", the Desert Wolves provides you with part of an answer.

The title of the article is a little deceptive though- the US is paying for the forts, but we aren't building them. They are contracted to local Iraqis living in the area. This is where we actually get extra bang for our reconstruction bucks. At the end of the day, the Iraqis get new border forts. But in the interim, we are also pumping money into the nearby economy and providing desperately needed jobs for the locals.