- The Washington Times - Friday, July 21, 2006

Nobles: The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, who proved that they will dance anytime, anywhere, especially for their fans.

Soon-to-be CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric may not be going, but the cheerleaders of the Mile High City have already been — to Iraq, that is, and Kuwait.

On Tuesday, the 12 cheerleaders performed for the troops at Contingency Operating Base Speicher in Tikrit. And although press footage suggests they did their routine inside, the air conditioning — if the base even has it — probably couldn’t keep the 110-degree Iraq heat completely out. The Tikrit show was the ladies’ fourth of 10 scheduled in their Middle East base tour.

“This is wonderful for them to come and perform for us. To let us know that people care, that’s what it’s all about,” Army Sgt. William Rodgers, a Colorado native, told American Forces Press Service.

Like most NFL squads, the Broncos women have a history of supporting the troops, from traveling to Guantanamo Bay to visiting the wounded at Walter Reed Medical Hospital. Unlike Miss Couric, however, who said traveling to Iraq would be too dangerous, they’re willing to endure the hazards that come with the job.

For brightening spirits, the Broncos Cheerleaders are the Nobles of the week.

Knaves: ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas, for asking why America is so evil.

Why do some journalists consistently mistake antagonism for balance? Could it be because of liberal bias?

Here’s Miss Vargas on Friday morning in an interview with White House press secretary Tony Snow on ABC’s “Good Morning America”: “You mentioned European allies. The U.S. has thus far been alone in its refusal to either rebuke or condemn Israel for its excessive force, as Kofi Annan called it last night. And in addition it has refused to call for any cessation of hostilities. At one point does the administration say to its close ally Israel, ‘enough’ “?

Suffice it to say, Mr. Snow was more than amused with the “question.” He reminded Miss Vargas that it was not Israel, but Hezbollah, which attacked first, and the law of international relations still allows a nation to defend itself.

There are a number of ways Miss Vargas could have asked her question without sounding like a French government minister. But apparently the law of ABC news correspondents requires its reporters to blame America — and Israel — first.

For sounding like one of President Jacques Chirac’s ministers, Elizabeth Vargas is the Knave of the week.

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