It is said that Fallujah is next and will be much more difficult. As I reported several weeks ago, the militants are said to have a plan to force the United States to flatten the city to achieve victory, thus postponing or affecting the Iraqi elections and ensuring the defeat, they hope, of President Bush.
Some people in the intelligence community disagreed, and the Administration is being faulted for taking the consensus word of the community rather than that of a few dissenters. Even if the dissenters seem to have turned out to be correct. Hindsight.
To be honest, I don't understand how this could even look bad. My thoughts on the aluminum tubing was that if it were dual-use and both uses were nasty, it didn't matter how they were using it. I know next to nothing about the composite parts of a uranium centrifuge, and I doubt most Americans know much more than do I. The war was not sold to Congress and to the American people because of a few aluminum tubes.
The paper has come unglued.
My wife does not mind me listening to music from the ballet, but she did look askance at me when I walked into the local FYE and asked if they had a Nancy Sinatra CD. It's a long story.