Dear Diary: I've just called Hamid Karzai about the pitched battle that broke out between US troops and group of our Afghan friends this weekend. I told him how much we regretted that we had embarrassed him by being at the receiving end of a mortar round seemingly fired by his forces. By apologizing profusely I was able to avoid a nasty confrontation of the kind that Bibi Netanyahu stages when he doesn't get his way. Like I always tell our girls, the way to deal with bullies is to retreat and run like heck. Worked for me.