G3 Aluminum Boat. Any suggestions?

I just bought a new G3 1652SC aluminum boat and find that I need some locking storage - something for rods, etc. I'm having a hard time finding a company that sells this type of thing. I've tried Boater's World, West Marine, and Boat US - no luck. The G3 boats don't sell this type of accessory, and the dealer doesn't have any such thing in stock. Any suggestions?

- I got an aluminium tool box made for a pickup truck and mounted it lengthwise in my boat. It has quite a bit of secure storage.

- I'll start checking around in the auto sections of stores looking for an aluminum tool box! Now, why didn't I think of that!

- As Cousin Eddie Faulk used to say during Vietnam, "If those folks don't like what we're doin' for 'em, why don't they just go back where they come from?"

Columnist Eric Alterman sums up the position of the "We told you so" crowd thusly:

� The invasion of Iraq will cause, not prevent, terrorism.

� The Bush administration was not to be trusted when it warned of the WMD threat.

� Going in without the United Nations is worse than not going in at all.

� They were asleep at the switch before 9-11 and have been trying to cover this up ever since.

� They manipulated 9-11 as a pretext for a long-planned invasion of Iraq.

� Any occupation by a foreign power, particularly one as incompetently planned as this one, probably will create more enemies than friends and put the United States in a situation similar at times to the Vietnam War and at other times similar to Israel's occupation of Lebanon. Both were disasters.

� An invasion of Iraq will draw resources and attention away from the genuine perpetrators of the attack on us and allow them to regroup for further attacks.

OK, that's the bad news. What www.talkingpointsmemo.com's Josh Marshall calls "the hunky-dory crowd" is still telling us that the electricity is back on and things are almost back up to where they were under Saddam Hussein. There's a mark to aim for.

Look, I never root for bad things to happen, and maybe Moqtada al-Sadr has set off merely a spasm of violence and not a real Shiite insurrection. Maybe the Shiite outburst is just a reaction to Paul Bremer's incredibly dumb move in shutting down their newspaper. If that's the case, why wasn't al-Sadr invited to the table and given a stake in the transition?

The "We told you so" crowd often points out that we'd be a lot better off if anyone in the administration read history, usually citing the British occupation of Iraq.

I like to think of myself as part of the "So what do we do now?" crowd, but it is like drinking gall. We could try what we clearly should have done from the beginning: putting more boots on the ground. We've got about 135,000 troops there now. Gen. Eric Shinseki's "several hundred thousand" prediction looks more prescient all the time.

The trouble with that scenario is that it violates the First Rule of Holes. (When you're in one, quit digging.) Second, it may be too late.

Then there's the old reliable "Bug out now." Yep, it could be time to declare victory and go home. That seems to be President Bush's plan. He can just say, "Well, we took care of the weapons of mass destruction, so we're outta here."

As many others have pointed out, June 30 is just a ridiculous deadline. Even though we're not planning to withdraw on June 30, I can't see how we're going to hang onto what was supposed to be the great strategic advantage of this war.

Those of you who follow neo-con thinking know that this never was about weapons of mass destruction. It was supposed to give us a place to plunk ourselves down so we could restructure the entire region.

I suspect what we'll wind up doing is the inevitable "muddle along" until our leaders can lie us out more or less gracefully.

If I were John Kerry, I would be having horrible nightmares about winning the election and actually having to ask an American soldier to be the last man to die for a mistake.

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