It's been a pretty exhausting couple of weeks, for a whole bunch of reasons. And wow, did things move fast outside my workaday teacup tempests! Three weeks from our first bombing, and Marines are already helping Iraqis tear down statues of Hussein in Baghdad. Unbe-freaking-lievable. Less than a month ago, Hans "Smoove" Blix and his band of Merry Magoos and their Iraqi minders ("now only one per inspector!") were driving white SUVs in circles around Iraq, and Jacques Chirac seemed almost ...significant. Now all he and his German, Russian, and Chinese counterparts can do is wait to see what if anything we deign to let them touch in Iraq after we're through cleaning up the mess they profited from for decades.
Of course, the speed of this war also left a lot of commentators dizzy, unable to replace the reeled-up tapes of "war crimes," "thousands of dead civilians," and the indispensible "quagmire." Well, they'll readjust soon enough; people like them don't bother to rethink their viewpoints over the mere technicality of being consistently wrong.
In the meantime, I'll continue to post any interesting news at the Command Post. Commentary will, of course, remain right here.
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