And now the most engrossing two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
Popular Uprising Pending?
Wanted Shiite Cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr (search) has vowed to lead a popular uprising to drive American forces out of Iraq, but a newly released poll shows only 1 percent of Iraqis say he is the national leader they most trust.
The three most-trusted Iraqi leaders are all members of the Iraqi Governing Council (search), with the Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani coming in fourth.
The poll, conducted by Oxford Research International, also shows that 78 percent of Iraqis say attacks on coalition forces are unacceptable. And 56 percent say their lives are better now than before the war.
Meanwhile, former chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix (search) disagrees, saying Iraq is worse off now than under Saddam Hussein. Blix says -- "What's positive is that Saddam and his bloody regime is gone, but when figuring out the score, the negatives weigh more ... the costs have been too great."
Specifically, Blix says -- "that accounts for the many casualties during the war and the many people who still die because of the terrorism the war has nourished."
Bemoaning Failures of International Community
Former President Clinton, in a Washington Post op-ed today, is bemoaning the failures of the -- "international community" during the mid-1990s genocide in Rwanda. But, according to former Clinton aide Richard Holbrooke, Clinton has acknowledged more privately that his administration's foreign policy led to a tragic error in Rwanda (search).
The Clinton Administration, at the urging of a Clinton adviser, voted with the United Nations in April 1994 to substantially reduce UN military presence in Rwanda. Nearly a million Rwandans eventually died. That Clinton adviser, by the way, was none other than Richard Clarke.
Texas State House candidate Sam Walls is under pressure to drop out of the Republican primary race, now that photos of him in women's clothing and earrings are circulating around his district. Walls -- a prominent local businessman and former Johnson County Republican party chairman -- insists the pictures depict a -- "small part of my personal past" that -- "my opponent [Rob Orr] is using ... to intimate that I am a homosexual, which I am not."
Orr's campaign, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, denies any involvement, adding -- "Mr. Walls' unique lifestyle is a matter that he needs to address with the voters."
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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