In the Kabul (Afghanistan) airport, while trying to get to the San Francisco airport via Dubai, London and Cincinnati, I somehow managed to end up on the plane to Tehran!
How? Don't even ask.
I have two things to say about Tehran. It's big. And they got a nice airport.
GWB should be the one to get lost.
PS: All the flights and all the airports in the Middle East are CRAWLING with macho white guy "contractors". It's as if the White House, in a surge of backlash against feminism, is personally financing a renaissance of the Marlboro Man. Don't get me wrong. I don't MIND seeing all these Rambo wannabees running around the Middle East in buzz cuts and tight jeans. But at $250,000 apiece for all this testosterone, that's a LITTLE bit out of balance, don't you think?
PS: They finally got me on the right plane to Dubai. And on the flight from London to Cincinnati, I sat next to a "contractor" just returning from Baghdad. I grilled him mercilessly. "How much do they pay you?"
"About $150,00 a year but you have to stay there at least one year in order to get the tax break."
"How long do you stay there each time?"
"I go over there for four months at a time then I get 14 days' leave to visit my family. I have a wife and 10-year-old daughter in Kentucky." 14 days? That's not very long.
"Is it dangerous over there?" I asked.
"Not really -- if you work inside the base perimeter. I'm a mechanic and I work inside a 15-square-mile area out by the Baghdad airport. It's pretty safe there but we hear the rockets and mortars whizzing by all the time."
"Do you ever have any contact with Iraqis?"
"Actually, yes. They come in and work at the base. But we don't go outside the perimeter. But who would want to. Baghdad is a dump."
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