Tiki Bars in Iraq

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine isn’t just a good public speaker, he’s a good writer. His travel journal of his recent five-day trip to Iraq and Afghanistan, published in Richmond’s Style Weekly, makes for good reading. Despite his reservations about the war in Iraq, Kaine went out of his way to “support the troops,” meeting with many of the 7,100 Virginians serving in the two war-torn countries.

Among other scenes, the Governor describes Forward Operating Base Union, located in a compound of the former Republican Guard.

The Virginians had cleared the bomb debris from the compound to build a patio Tiki bar — very, retro, very cool, and authentic in every details, right down to the thatched roof — except that they were not permitted to have any alcohol.

It’s worth finding the print verison of Style just to see the photo of Gov. Kaine playing “You Are My Sunshine” on the harmonica to students at an Afghani girls’ school.


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3 responses to “Tiki Bars in Iraq”

  1. Will Vehrs Avatar
    Will Vehrs

    Bravo to the Defense Department for setting this up and kudos to Gov. Kaine for making the trip and being a great ambassador.

    It was a dangerous mission, no matter what the security provided, and I admire and respect Gov. Kaine for his courage. That he has and is contacting family on behalf of the troops he met is a warm and wonderful gesture.

  2. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    My taciturn son spent five months in Iraq but I learned more from this account than he has shared with me. It is well written.

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