Weekly commentary by CBS Evening News chief Washington correspondent and Face the Nation host.
Is it me or have we just come through one of the weirdest weeks ever?
For the record, it was the week a U.S. Government border guard ignored a worldwide warning to detain that guy with possibly contagious TB and instead waved him through security "because he didn't look sick."
With all the talk about improving border security maybe we should start by instructing government employees to read the directions.
It was the week that Barack Obama launched his religious outreach web site and we learned that he not only embodies Judeo-Christian values but also "the basic ideals and values of most Hindus."
Glad to hear it, but was that an issue?
In a shift, the President said he's ready to take the initiative on global warming because he said "science has deepened our understanding of climate change and opened new possibilities for confronting it."
Apparently, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin never got the memo and volunteered that it was "rather arrogant" to suggest global warming is a bad thing.
And then there was the story in the Washington Post saying that four years after the fall of Iraq, the United Nations is spending $10 million a year to train inspectors to search for Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
Mind you, those same inspectors concluded before the U.S. invasion that there were no weapons of mass destruction. The invasion left them with no mission, but bureaucracies die hard and this one is still churning along – apparently because UN officials can't agree on how to shut it down.
What do you suppose we'll find out this week?
By Bob Schieffer