One of Len Deighton’s early novels has as its epigraph a quotation from a book on handling small sailing craft. The quotation is a list of rules for handling a small boat in a gale on a lee shore.
Rule #1 is never to get caught in a gale on a lee shore in a small boat.
John Kerry can’t honestly promise the nation that he will kiss the Iraqi boo-boo and make it better. And it’s utterly unreasonable of reporters to demand of him a detailed exit strategy. What Kerry can promise that, if he is elected, he will not get us into similar fixes in the future.
[If any reader can supply the source and the exact quotation, I’ll be grateful.]
My readers come through once again. It’s from Horse Under Water:
“Perhaps the worst plight of a vessel is to be caught in a gale on a lee shore. In this connection the following rules should be observed.
1. Never allow your vessel to be found in such a predicament.”
The original quotation is from L.F. Callingham’s Seamanship: Jottings for the Young Sailor