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ith the future of Iraq among the more frightening of known unknowns, it’s a pity that Rumsfeld didn’t heed the ominous wisdom of one of his own Rules, to wit, “It is easier to get into something than to get out of it.” And it is too late for him to act upon another Rumsfeld Rule: “Be able to resign. It will improve your value to the president and do wonders for your performance.” Too late, because he should have assumed responsibility and resigned after Abu Ghraib. Had he done so, he would have been able to salvage a few scraps of honor for his sunset years. The opportunity for redemption has passed; his reputation is sunk. Oh, after he steps down as secretary of defense he’ll be able to retire profitably and handsomely into the private sector: join corporate boards, write his memoirs, hit the lecture circuit the whole schmear. But no amount of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation from Midge Decter and other red-hot mamas will ever be able to re-inflate him to hero status. Chalk up another one for hubris.

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The diarist speaks to reporters outside the federal court building in Manhattan after Martha Stewart’s sentencing, July 16. Inset, Martha Stewart leaves the court with her lawyer Robert Morvillo that same day.

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On August 2, I attended the party to celebrate the publication of American Soldier, the memoir of General Tommy Franks, hosted by V.F.’s Graydon Carter and Judith Regan, head of Regan Books. It wasn’t the usual New York book party, where several hundred people are jam-packed into a restaurant or private club. This party took place during a gorgeous sunset on the deck of the Intrepid, the aircraft carrier permanently docked in the Hudson River as a museum at 12th Avenue and 46th Street. We had a whole new view of the New York skyline with a summer wind at our backs. It was a magnificent feeling after an upsetting day. My New York apartment happens to be five blocks from the CitiGroup Center, on Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, one of the financial targets located in New York, Newark, and Washington, D.C., that al-Qaeda apparently has plans to blow up, or so Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge had warned us the previous day with intelligence that was several years old but that was nevertheless being taken very seriously. “Al-Qaeda plans far ahead,” I heard someone say on television. Walking past CitiGroup is part of my daily routine in New York, and that day I was stunned to see the amount of security deployed outside the building. I felt as if I were watching another city in another country, not my familiar neighborhood. I saw heavily armed soldiers, riot gear, truck blockades, bomb-sniffing dogs, and newly erected concrete barriers. People on the street were meeting one another’s eyes the same way they had on that terrible morning of 9 11. Standing on the deck of the Intrepid, I related all of this to Matt Tyrnauer, a fellow writer for this magazine, and he said, “It could be a diversionary tactic to get all the resistance in one place and then bomb another.” I guess that is what our thinking and our lives are going to be like for the fore-

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