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.