My cousin sent this short email to his parents - thought I would share it with you:
I was in a meeting w/ 2 x senators and 1 congresswoman yesterday, but no cameras. Great stuff. Col Ali told them, "I know your American democracy was paid for by the blood of your patriots...What do you want? Should our democracy be paid for without blood?" They were speachless. It was a great conversation. He had Senators Smith and Hatch, along with Congresswoman Harmon on the edges of their seats for about 25 minutes. They asked him all sorts of questions about Iraq and our strategy, etc. It was truly amazing. At the end he said, "Please, don't leave my people in the desert without water..." Enough said...you could have heard a pin drop.
Lov you guys!