And now the most shock and awe-inspiring two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
The BBC is apologizing profusely for broadcasting 1 minute and 37 seconds of President Bush as he was having his hair combed, and by some accounts squirming in his chair before his Oval Office speech Wednesday night. CBS news, whose crew was responsible for pool coverage used by all networks, said a technician accidentally flipped a switch that fed the images out. No major U.S. network used the feed, but the BBC fed it out all over the world. CBS says it's sorry. The BBC says it's sorry. The White House says there have been such incidents before and wants control of the switch in the future.
Moviemaker, Oscar-nominee and left-wing activist Michael Moore said worries over the war in Iraq won't keep him from the Academy Award ceremony on Sunday. He said, "You can't have anything more American than the Oscars -- that's why our boys are fighting and dying." Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that the war has triggered a wave of nostalgia for Bill Clinton in California. Around water coolers in the Golden State, The Times reports people are saying that Mr. Clinton "would never have allowed a war to play havoc with Oscar night, one of the state's most hallowed traditions."
U.S. troops, given the job of liberating Iraq, have raised the stars and stripes in some places they have gained control of. The Pentagon is not encouraging the practice, however, and Sky News reports that British forces have been forbidden -- by order of their military commanders -- from raising their own flag, on the grounds that hoisting the union jack might smack of occupation and conquest, not liberation and freedom.
No Place Like Home
And finally, in this time of shock and awe, all sorts of reports are coming from Arab newspapers. Al Qabas, a Kuwaiti newspaper, is reporting one of Saddam's sons, Qusay, was killed during the so-called decapitation strike Wednesday night. The Washington Times, however, says intelligence reports indicate it was Saddam's other son, Uday, who was killed. Uday, according to a London-based Saudi daily newspaper, had been placed under house arrest to avoid leaking important information. A translation of a report in the Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper says Uday "talks too much and drinks alcohol daily."