Cigars in the Sand

Commentary, Notes and Pictures from my time in Iraq

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Location: Baghdad, Iraq

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.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Disturbing Poll

CNN recently conducted a poll regarding the Iraqi elections. There are a lot of intersting numbers in it. But this result disturbed me:

"57 percent, said it should be a high or top U.S. priority to support the growth of democratic governments. Forty-two percent said it should be a low priority or not one at all."

Only 57%?? The strangest thing I've learned over here is the following: I came all the way over to Iraq to help "win the peace." But you know what? We won't win the peace in Iraq. We can only win it at home, through the support of the American people. Sometmes I think I'd be better off at home writing op-eds and speaking about the needs of Iraq than doing all of the things I do here on the ground. Sad but true.