Irrelevant item of the day:
Everybody has been paying much attention to the Senate committee hearings on Iraq for the last two days -- the report on the surge.
Gen. David H. Patraeus' nickname, when he was growing up in Cornwall-on-Hudson, was Peaches Patraeus, according to the acid pen of New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.
I wonder if President Bush -- much fond of nicknames as it is known (Rummy, Condy, et al) -- calls the commander in Iraq and one-time Hudson Valley resident "Peaches."
The White House said President Bush will address the nation at 9 p.m. Thursday in respond to the general's recommendations.
But somehow I doubt the president will use "Peaches" in his speech.