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It Would Have Been Disastrous

"Had we gone into Baghdad -- We could have done it. You guys could have done it. You could have been there in 48 hours. And then what? Which sergeant, which private, whose life would be at stake in perhaps a fruitless hunt in an urban guerilla war to find the most-secure dictator in the world? Whose life would be on my hands as the commander-in-chief because I, unilaterally, went beyond the international law, went beyond the stated mission, and said we're going to show our macho? We're going into Baghdad. We're going to be an occupying power -- America in an Arab land -- with no allies at our side. It would have been disastrous."

-- George H. W. Bush, Feb. 28, 1999, Fort Myer Army base. Quoted p. 11, "State of Denial," by Bob Woodward.

[I apologize for the technical problems with the blog. I am trying to get them fixed.]

[Did I ever mention that I hate computers, computer software, technology, the Information Age, and all that stuff. Because I do. -- A comment rejected just now by the CommentBot.]

[I am going to try to learn how this blog works so that in the future I don't have to rely on the Schemer or anyone else to fix software problems when they arise. I might even learn how to post a photograph.]

[I have squawked about the technical problems and we will see if they get resolved today. I keep thinking I may have to threaten to go on strike if the technical problems persist, but it occurs to me that no one would notice. That's the problem with being the kind of blogger who routinely "keeps his own counsel" as it were. Who has the "gift of silence," as they say.

The fact that there is only white space when clicking on archived blogs raises a whole 'nother issue: I'm not sure how the old blog stuff is saved. Or if it is vulnerable to being accidentally deleted, in its entirety, by someone hitting the backspace key when trying to kill a mosquito. I'm not saying this stuff should be in the Library of Congress, only that I like to think it is not entirely perishable. already deleted the vast majority of my Rough Draft columns posted to the Web just a few years back, but at least I can find most of them archived in the Post's in-house database. But the blog entries aren't in that data-base, they're kept at, in some mysterious form that is currently inaccessible. All of which points to the fact that I need to learn how the stupid blog actually works so that I can tweak the thingamajig when the deeliebopper goes on the fritz.]

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 2, 2006; 6:43 PM ET
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