By Richard Cohen
The Washington Post
Tuesday, October 23, 2007; Page A19
I have a weakness for wars with colorful names. My favorite, mentioned twice by me this year alone, is the War of Jenkins’ Ear, which occupied Britain and Spain from 1739-41 and ended in a stalemate. This brings me to the coming war with Iran that Rudolph Giuliani has solemnly vowed he would launch should, God forbid, Iran get nuclear weapons and he become president. It will be called the War of Rudy’s Mouth.
Rudy’s mouth, as anyone in New York can tell you, is a formidable weapon that, when turned on a target, can vaporize the person, leaving just a small mound of dust and maybe a false tooth or two. An oft-cited example is the poor fellow who called the then-New York mayor’s radio show and asked why the law prohibited the keeping of ferrets as pets. “There is something deranged about you,” the mayor said.