- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 29, 2008

Noble: Claire Marinello, for her tremendous success with “Operation Cookie,” which sent more than 14,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to troops in Iraq.

“Girl Scouts are an American tradition and Thin Mints are an American treat.” So says Claire, a 16-year-old Girl Scout from New Jersey who has created a stir over her participation in “Operation Cookie,” a program started several years ago. Scouts raise money to send cookie favorites to troops overseas. Last year, Claire singlehandedly raised enough money to send 3,540 boxes.

This year, with the help of local Girl Scouts of all ages, she nearly quadrupled last year’s success and doubled her goal of 7,000 boxes. Just last week, 14,088 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were shipped to Iraq.

Claire has received loads of positive feedback for her efforts. Soldiers wrote to tell of the morale boost that the simple taste of home brought to them, and she was also awarded the New Jersey Army National Guard 112th Fires Battalion coin for “Duty, Courage, and Honor.” Claire is the only civilian upon which this honor has been bestowed.

For her heartfelt and generous contribution to American troops through “Operation Cookie,” Claire Marinello is the Noble of the Week.

Knave: Sen. Hillary Clinton, for her tendency to misspeak, or misremember or just get facts wrong.

Earlier this week, Mrs. Clinton admitted that she “misspoke” when she referred to her 1996 trip to Bosnia, which the senator claimed was rocked by sniper attacks. On Monday, she said: “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

As it turns out, not only was her recollection of the events contradicted by a travelling companion (actor and comedian Sinbad, along for a USO show) but video news footage shows Mrs. Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, strolling the tarmac, greeting children and waving to crowds.

In her quest to trump up her foreign policy expertise, Mrs. Clinton raised questions about her credibility and trustworthiness. Blaming the Bosnia slip-up on sleep deprivation doesn’t cut it.

For hyping up her trip to Bosnia, Sen. Hillary Clinton is the Knave of the Week.