Wednesday, September 12, 2007


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.