General Streeter has to attend meetings with General Casey at Camp Victory, so I decide to go with Ambassador Negroponte and Whitey Courts to Kirkuk and then visit the site in the desert where USAID is building the power station that is awaiting the turbine stuck in Jordan.
I'm already at a table waiting for Courts with my breakfast half eaten when he sits down and says, "I saw you limping the other day."
"I've got these dehydration cramps. Water zips right through me."
"How do you feel otherwise?"
"Last night I was on the elliptical trainer and the heart rate started showing 190. I got off. I'd have to climb Mt. Everest to crank my heart up to 190."
"Did you feel anything in your chest?"
"Your arm? They say that's where the heart attack starts. Nausea? Dizziness?"
Courts's clinical inquiry amuses me. His eyes are red. He's exhausted from fifteen-hour days. "If anyone is going to die of a heart attack, it'll be you," I tell him.