And now some fresh pickings from the wartime grapevine:
Media Scandal in Iraq
The latest scandal over the war in Iraq concerns neither soldiers, nor terrorists, nor ungrateful locals. It revolves around reporters.
Nearly one month after an explosion in Najaf, Iraq, killed religious leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir Hakim (search) and scores of others, a Marine in Najaf at the time is accusing the press of misreporting the whole thing.
First Lieutenant Eric Knapp says, "To hear the media tell it, America has done nothing to improve the infrastructure of security, and the Iraqi public is volatile and seeking revenge. That is not the Najaf I know."
Knapp, writing in The New York Post, says Marines have brought Najaf's power plant up to optimal performance, trained and equipped local law enforcement officers, and have repaired and reopened many schools. In addition, a survey by the Marines showed that…just one week after the explosion…72 percent of Iraqis in Najaf said they felt safe and secure.
Get Away Train
While President Bush met with foreign leaders in New York over the past couple of days, he stayed at the Waldorf Astoria (search) hotel.
Meanwhile, idling beneath the hotel, in an abandoned stretch of subway, was a brand-new, ready-to-go subway train…ready to hustle world leaders to safety in the event of a terror attack. According to The New York Post, President Bush's Secret Service made the arrangements.
American Deck of Cards
Thierry Meyssan…the controversial French polemicist who claims the Bush administration organized the September 11th slaughters, has begun retailing a deck of cards in France called, "The 52 most dangerous American Dignitaries."
President Bush isn't number one…he's only the King of Diamonds.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (search) is the most dangerous of all, the Ace of Spades. The caption under his picture reads…"Definitive Domination on the Earth."
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report