"Suddenly the plane just started dropping," wrote Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "We did this amazing zigzag in -- sort of spiral down very fast -- and my ears felt horrendous," she said, describing the final approach to the Baghdad airport. "It was like a bad Disneyland ride as we veered left, right up and down to avoid an 'incoming' . . . and I have to admit my stomach was in my throat."

- The Washington Post - October 11, 2005