Dear Dairy:

People are upset that the Iraqi government has failed to meet a series of benchmarks, or any of the important ones, or even a sizable portion of a single important facet of the benchmarks proposed. But maybe they’re too busy hiding the facts of embarrassing internal scandals to do much of anything effectively. I know what that’s like.

I told Uncle Dick how I’m now one card (I’ll get you, Joe Crede!) from finishing my Topps set, and he asked me if I would trade an ’89 Sammy Sosa for an ’89 Harold Baines. I said no way—what kind of idiot would make that trade? Must’ve stumped him, because he just kinda smirked and went back to his paperwork.