SNAP JUDGMENTS: Former corporal William Safire makes some interesting observations about the war thus far. My favorite:

5. Most effective turnaround of longtime left-wing lingo: Defense Secretary Rumsfeld’s labeling of Uday’s paramilitaries as “death squads.”


7. Most overdue revelation by the Pentagon: that Russia has long been smuggling sophisticated arms to Saddam’s regime with Syria’s hostile connivance. Who suppressed this damning data for a year, and to what end? And is the C.I.A. still ignorant of the transmission to Iraq through Syria of a key component in rocket propellant from China, brokered by France?

Perhaps the last, plus Turkey, could be the Axis of Treachery.

James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.