And now some fresh pickings from the wartime grapevine:
On the One Hans, On the Other Hans
Here he goes again. Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix, the master of playing to pro- and anti-war factions, and to none, has told a German magazine that U.S. forces are at a disadvantage to U.N. inspectors when it comes to searching for weapons of mass destruction. Blix says the U.N. gumshoes have "considerably more credibility." The same man at approximately the same time told the Associated Press that U.N. inspectors are at a disadvantage because the Parliament of Man has but 100 inspectors available for snooping, while coalition forces have thousands. Perhaps this same analysis explains why the chief U.N. weapons inspector seems to believe that two Blixes are better than one.
Australia's Prime Minister John Howard wants to kick France out of the U.N. Security Council's permanent five -- the five nations that may veto any resolution -- because France no longer is a major player in global affairs. Howard suggests putting France in a proposed second category -- one with mild prestige, but no veto power. Meanwhile, Howard hopes to promote Japan and India, which have the world's third- and fourth-largest economies, respectively, into the roster of veto-wielding permanent members of the Council.
The Weekly Standard reports that the Catholic diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D., has directed Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle to delete from his official biography and campaign literature any and all references to his being a member of the Catholic Church. The diocese argues that in voting consistently against vital church doctrine on matters involving the sanctity of life, Daschle qualifies merely as a devout Democrat.