PAYING FOR THE WAR….Nicholas von Hoffman, in passing, reports something I didn’t know: at some point during the Iraq War the military named one of its sweeps through Mosul “Operation Giuliani.”

Why there should be an Operation Giuliani but not one named after other noncombatant, civilian heroes is a puzzle. Perhaps with the new, contemplated “surge” there may be an Operation Iron Rumsfeld, Operation Rifle Rice or an Operation Cheney Sweep.

Actually, if the military is willing to name their operations after actual living people, I’m surprised they haven’t offered up sponsorships as a way of defraying the cost of the war. Maybe it could be the next step up after becoming a Bush Super Ranger. I’ll bet the Wyly brothers would pony up.

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