And now the most telling two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
General Clark Gets Called Out
Three months after Former NATO Commander and now Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark (search) insisted that a mysterious caller on September 11, 2001…a caller Clark first said was from the White House…pressured him into linking the attacks with Saddam Hussein, the caller has now identified himself.
He is Thomas Hecht of Montreal, founder of a Middle Eastern think tank based in Israel. He says he made the call to pass on information of a potential link he heard about from Israeli sources, and, he says, he did not pressure Clark at all.
What's more, Hecht tells the Toronto Star that he did not make the call on September 11 but sometime in the days afterward, adding, "I don't know why I would be confused with the White House. I don't even have white paint on my house."
Arafat Plans to Use Human Shields
Palestinian officials say Palestinian President Yasser Arafat (search) is planning to place women and children around his West Bank compound to act as Saddam-style human shields in case Israeli forces try to deport or assassinate him. According to the Jerusalem Post, the women and children would live in three large mobile homes parked outside the compound.
Cleland: ‘Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President’
Most prominent Democrats, including those who served in Vietnam, have avoided comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam, but former Georgia Senator Max Cleland…known still to be bitter over his Senate loss last year…is not.
Cleland, writing in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, says President Bush has gotten the country, "bogged down in a guerrilla land war" based on an "outright lie." And so, Cleland says, "Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President. Sorry you didn't get to go when you had the chance."
Dirty and Cheap Language Not Appropriate
A Nevada radio ad developed and paid for by federal and state governments has been pulled from the airwaves. The ad encourages teenage girls to abstain from premarital sex because they will be, "left feeling dirty and cheap."
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nevada Health Division pulled the ad after concluding the language was not appropriate for the teenage girls it hoped to reach.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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