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Saturday, November 20, 2004

New York Times Imitates William Carlos Williams Department 
According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring

a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling
near

the edge of the sea
concerned
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings' wax

unsignificantly
off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning.


Check out the very last paragraph on page two of this article by the New York Times.

This is the power and the beauty of the strategic offensive.

Also, here's another little splash in the corner:

American commanders have expressed disappointment in some of the Iraqis they have been training, especially members of the Iraqi police force. Other troops have performed well, the officers have said.


Imagine: your local police department isn't up to a pitched battle. But hurrah for the Iraqi National Guard forces. They're actually coming along, and are now able to operate in companies and battalions.

This is what will win the war.

No, the Times won't run a headline: Iraqi National Guard Comes Into Its Own in Fallujah.

The Times won't run a headline: Attacks in Ramadi down 40% as Fallujah is Choked Off.


Nope.

But these two items are far, far more significant than the stupid Marine intelligence report the Times places in the foreground.

You have to listen carefully. Momentous events can sometimes make very small splashes.







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