THE TIMETABLES OF WAR….Tim Goodman in the San Francisco Chronicle says that CNN knew when the war would start two weeks ahead of time:

On March 4, according to a source at CNN, the brass in Atlanta knew it was happening March 19 and wasn’t being too tight-lipped about it. The source, who requested anonymity, told The Chronicle on March 4 that executives there said the war “had been scheduled” for March 19 and plans were under way.

It probably doesn’t matter that someone leaked this to CNN ? although it certainly seems like poor operational discipline, doesn’t it? ? but if this is true then it means that all the “diplomacy” that was going on between March 4th and March 16th was just a sham.

Sure, we all suspected as much, but not quite this baldly. I wonder if we’ll hear more about this?