And now the most interesting two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
All Those Pesky Resolutions
Iraq may have announced its willingness to readmit U.N. weapons inspectors, but it has said nothing about complying with numerous other U.N. resolutions, including stopping the murderous treatment of the Kurds in Northern Iraq and the Shi-ite Muslims in the South.
Indeed, as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said today, Iraq continues to try to shoot down U.S. warplanes patrolling the no-fly zones in the north and south.
Those zones were established to enforce the U.N. resolutions on the treatment of the Kurds and Shi-ites. Iraq, he said, fired on U.S. planes three times yesterday and three more times today.
Cuba Tips U.S. on Terrorism?
A state department official says Fidel Castro's government has been slipping U.S. officials tips and warnings about possible terrorist activity. But there's a problem.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fisk says that the information has turned out to be a series of bum steers and that it's "not harmless game planning. This is a dangerous and unjustifiable action that damages our ability to assess real threats."
The Washington Times says Fisk made the comments to a group of Cuban Americans yesterday.
Only One Nay for Bush to Have His Say
When the House voted to authorize President Bush to use force to respond to the Sept. 11 atrocities last year, only one member voted no: Democrat Barbara Lee of Oakland, Calif.
Now, a year later, her position seems to be gaining support among her Bay-area California Democratic colleagues.
Congressman Pete Stark of Fremont says, "Barbara Lee had it right. I'm sorry I voted for the resolution." Stark says he will vote against using force against Iraq, as he did before the Gulf War 11 years ago.
And several others, including Mike Honda of San Jose, and Lynne Woolsey of Marin say they will do the same.
Shocked by Suspects
People in that suburban Buffalo town where those six Yemeni-American terrorism suspects were arrested say they were shocked at the charges, and shocked at who was charged. But they say they knew that some kind of investigation was going on in the town of Lackawanna.
Andrea Haxton, who owns a small market, told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that she had noticed there was surveillance for months. She said, "I thought it was a drug thing. I knew it was the FBI because there was this guy sitting in a car reading the Washington Post."