I was really impressed by my fellow bloggers. I've been to several press conferences during my blogging "career" and I have to say that today's participants were among the very best groups I've ever heard on a "press op" call. All the questions were intelligent and well-informed. Senator Jim Webb is a fascinating person to interview and listen to and he has an amazing depth of knowledge about today's subject: the quality of life for American servicemen and women.
I was at work listening in so I could not immediately post about the call. When I got home this evening and read Lowell's post I was surprised to read the following:
A mystery blogger - nobody seems to know who it was! - asked whether Sen. Webb had any reaction to the statements by Sen. Lugar and others on Iraq. Webb said he thought they were a "healthy sign," that this should be treated as a national problem and not a source of political division. According to Webb, the best way to resolve this bad strategic error (Iraq) is to get a regional diplomatic conference, and to move our troops out of there. I believe this is a direct quote by Sen. Webb: "I won't be satisfied as a Senator or as an American until all our combat troops are out of Iraq." Webb added that he had read Sen. Lugar's entire speech and was "pretty gratified" that Lugar would "support pretty much everything we've been saying for years now."I was surprised because--as you may have guessed--I am the "mystery blogger." I don't know if Lowell is just kidding around or if somehow my name was cut out of the call. I was using a speaker phone in my office with a voice-activated mic. Sometimes the first couple of words someone speaks are cut off, but I thought I'd identified myself. At any rate, I thank him for the kind words about my question. I have to say again that I was extremely impressed with all the participants on the call.
I took extensive notes on the call and I plan to do a complete write-up, but not tonight. It's Friday and I am tired and if I posted my thoughts tonight they would likely go unread. Instead I will write them up this weekend and post something more polished on Monday morning when I can hope for more than a handful of readers.