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 01, 2005


"...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom" ”- A. Lincoln, 1863

Memorial services were held this morning for LCDR Keith Taylor (USNR) and civilian Ms. Barbara Heald, both killed in the missile attack the night before the elections. May God watch over them.