Former veterans administrator Max Cleland is coming to town this week to join a group of other Vietnam vets in raising concerns about the continuing military buildup in the Persian Gulf region. Cleland, along with John Wheeler, chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and president of the Center for the Vietnam Generation, and Medal of Honor recipient Paul Bucha, have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday at the Army-Navy Club to warn of the danger of the United States repeating the mistakes of Vietnam in the Persian Gulf.

In a statement issued on the traditional Veterans Day, Cleland, who was severely wounded in Vietnam, said: "Every official working on Desert Shield should go right now to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They should meditate there a long time. They should pray to do the right thing." Wheeler explained yesterday that he and other Vietnam veterans are angry at the generals, the politicians and the protesters. "We are going to list 20 mistakes we made in the 1960s that we are in danger of repeating now," he said. "It is, 'Here we go again!' " Out and About The Corcoran Gallery of Art's board of trustees is scheduled to meet next Monday to name a new director, nearly 11 months after Christina Orr-Cahall resigned in the wake of months of controversy over her decision to cancel an exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs. As was predicted here a month ago, it looks as if the board will name as the Corcoran's director David Levy, who is both chancellor of the university and chancellor for arts at the New School for Social Research in New York City, which includes among its seven divisions the Parsons School of Design. Levy reportedly was one of some 20 candidates from across the nation considered for the position. He is expected also to get a seat on the board ...

Those ever-pesky Watergate tapes. The Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., is delaying two Watergate tape exhibits so it can display paintings by Dwight D. Eisenhower and gowns worn by First Lady Pat Nixon. The library's director, John Taylor, describes the decision as strictly financial and counters criticism, commenting, "We have a concise and compelling Watergate story. I feel confident it is all right to transfer my attentions elsewhere." University of Wisconsin professor Stanley Kutler, author of "The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon," doesn't agree. "The simplest explanation will suffice. Things are no different than since 1972 -- coverup is the order of the day." Taylor argues the library, the only fully privately funded presidential library, has an obligation to paint a broader picture of Nixon's life and to entertain visitors as well. "A lot of people saying that it is a coverup are really saying that the Nixon Library should not have the opportunity to place Nixon documents in a context he feels is accurate." And so it goes until the next round ...

In the hit film "Die Hard 2," actor Bruce Willis rushes to a public telephone at Dulles Airport, but the telephone logo on the phone is Pacific Bell. For those who like to catch Hollywood making dumb mistakes, a new book, "Film Flubs -- Memorable Movie Mistakes," will add a dimension to renting videotapes. The author, Bill Givens, lists some 200 mistakes in more than 150 films. Among them are Glenn Close seen in three different suits of different colors in a "Jagged Edge" courtroom scene, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) shouting "Carrie!" to Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in the film "Star Wars," and singer Don McLean's "American Pie," released in 1971, heard in the background in "Born on the Fourth of July," set in 1968-69 ...