Archive for October, 2004


Saturday, October 30th, 2004

I once learned that there was a story told to Roman children. A foreign king was threatening Rome’s ally, Egypt. Egypt appealed to Rome for aid. Rome sent an emissary and his lictors to meet the king. The Roman told the king that he must turn around and not attack Egypt. The king asked “Where is your army? How will you stop me?” The Roman drew a line in the sand, and said that if you cross that line, you will be an enemy of the People of Rome. The king, knowing what that meant, turned his army around and left.

That was Roman power. Rome didn’t need to send an army. The world knew what it meant to defy Rome, and didn’t want to experience that. Some tried over the years, to be sure. There are those today who say that America is like Rome, like a warning, and that even Rome fell. Indeed, Rome fell. After over one thousand years.

Bush has many failings. But he understands the maxim above. Bush didn’t hesitate to show our enemies, and potential enemies, that we will use our power without reservation. He showed them that when we draw a line in the sand, we mean it. He showed them that serious consequences follow attacks on us and our interests.

A great many despise Bush for the war in Iraq. Many follow the Kerry line that Bush somehow did not lead us into a legitimate war because several of our traditional, post WWII allies did not support us. There are those who outright lie and state that Bush did not seek their support. He did. And he failed. The important, general question leading from this experience is whether the failure to obtain the support of particular allies means that we should not act in a way which we feel protects our interests. Bush said no, and took action.

That is the kind of President I want. I want a President who lays out our case with our allies. Bush did that. Bush and his administration worked for quite a while, attempting to convince. And our allies, due to their own particular interests, declined to support us. Does that lack of support somehow invalidate our perceived need to take action? Yes, now, after having unfettered access to Iraq, to comb through the nation, we found that the intelligence produced by ourselves and numerous allies was wrong. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. But that does not invalidate the decisions made at the time. Far better to be wrong and have acted to discover that, than to have been right and done nothing.

Bush gets my vote.

Neville Chamberlain — uh — John Kerry

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

Watching a Frontline show on PBS tonight about the backgrounds of Kerry and Bush, they showed more than one Kerry speech regarding conflict. Prior to the first Gulf War during the administration of the first President Bush, he spoke of letting Iraq continue to occupy Kuwait, raping and pillaging, killing and destroying, in the hope that sanctions would eventually work. Listening to that man, I could so easily imagine him in the Congress in 1941, advocating that we not rush to war, that we let sanctions and diplomacy run their full, complete, lengthy course, prior to any armed attempt to deal with Hitler and the Nazi occupation of much of Europe.


Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

We’ll come back to this someday. I am of course under the delusion that our soon-to-arrive son will not affect my activities too much, mainly sailing/racing and involvement with the fleet and yacht club. My wife has convinced herself that she can raise our son with minimal impact on our home, no damaged furniture, walls, so on. We will have a well-behaved child. Time will tell…

Blogging tools

Sunday, October 3rd, 2004

I recently installed WordPress and migrated my content to it. I had been using MovableType, and played with Blosxom some as a MovableType replacement. Blosxom is a cool, minimal, Perl based implementation of a blog engine. It is very Unix-minded, in that you simply edit text files to publish on the web. I like being able to use vi. However, WordPress is pretty cool too. It has a very nice web interface for management and publishing, and uses MySQL for all data storage. I’ll probably stick with this. Hopefully I’ll use the blog more.