And now the most telling two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
The London newspaper The Guardian reports that Bill Clinton talked repeatedly before Operation Iraqi Freedom with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and met at least three times with England's head of government to discuss military and diplomatic strategy.
President Bush apparently was unaware of the high-level tryst. Either that, or he ignored Clinton's advice to be nicer to the French. No word on whether the Man from Hope has intervened on behalf of the Dixie Chicks.
Bush Is From Texas?
Speaking of whom... Natalie Maines, lead singer of the aforementioned country-music trio, told Diane Sawyer she regrets telling a London crowd, "We're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." Here's a little of what her apology entailed:
"The wording I used, the way I said it that was disrespectful. Am I sorry I said that? Yes. Am I sorry I spoke out? No. I'm proud that I used my right."
Diane Sawyer called Maines' apology "not quite whole-hearted."
As for the President Bush, he told Tom Brokaw he doesn't "really care what the Dixie Chicks said," adding, "I want to do what I think is right for the American people, and if some singers... feel like speaking out, that's fine. That's the great thing about America. It stands in stark contrast to Iraq."
But Bush cautioned the Dixie Chicks not to "have their feelings hurt just because some people don't want to buy their records when they speak out."
Internationally renowned intelligence expert Naomi Campbell has issued an announcement regarding Usama bin Laden.
The supermodel says her international cadre of secret agents is tracking key members of global terror networks. Those under surveillance include Usama bin Laden, whom she says has fled to Saudi Arabia.
According to the New York Post, the entire operation is hush-hush. Campbell has not notified the CIA of her espionage efforts, although she has revealed her secret operations to unspecified "close friends."