And now the most telling two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
Sayonara to the Secretary?
New York Rep. Charlie Rangel (search), ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means committee, is demanding the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (search) for his handling of the war in Iraq and for showing a -- "lack of sensitivity" over the deadly helicopter crash there this past weekend.
In fact, Rumsfeld, on Sunday television, said -- "my prayers and sympathy go to the ... loved ones of those that were killed." And he spoke in specific detail about U.S. postwar planning and what it had achieved in Iraq.
Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
The New York Times has published a column by one Mark Medish, insisting the U.S. should -- "Make Baghdad Pay" for debts accumulated under Saddam Hussein. Medish says -- "A country like Iraq, with the world's second-largest proven oil reserves, should be expected to be able to pay its obligations."
The Times describes Medish as a -- "lawyer [who] was deputy assistant secretary of the treasury from 1997 to 2000." The Times, however, fails to mention that Medish represents corporate creditors in Iraq.
Support of Iraqi Resistance
An editor of the international political journal New Left Review, Tariq Ali, says Iraqis should be -- "proud" of the opposition in Iraq and Americans should be -- "envious" of it. Ali, in a column on counter-punch.com, says Iraqis' reluctance to -- "betray those who are fighting ... is crucially important, because without the tacit support of the population, a sustained resistance is virtually impossible." Ali, by the way, has a new book titled Bush in Babylon. The cover features a boy urinating on an American soldier.
Streisand Condemns CBS
Barbra Streisand (search) -- the singer and outspoken liberal -- is condemning CBS for deciding to pull that controversial movie The Reagans, insisting the network -- "caved in to right wing republican pressure." Streisand, in a message on her personal Web site, calls the decision -- "censorship, plain and simple," adding that it -- "marks a sad day for artistic freedom." Streisand does not mention that her husband, James Brolin, plays Ronald Reagan (search) in the movie.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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