Things are moving rapidly! Last night we hear Sen. John McCain's Florida win essentially turns the GOP presidential race into a two-man contest between the Arizonan and Mitt Romney as the campaigns geared up Wednesday for next week's Super Tuesday races. war or Religion hmm! Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani placed a distant third with 15 percent of the vote, followed closely by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who held 14 percent. The win gives McCain all 57 Florida delegates at stake. The victory also is significant because it proves McCain can win a contest solely involving Republicans. Florida is a closed primary, so no crossover voting among Republicans and Democrats is allowed. McCain's primary wins in New Hampshire and South Carolina were due in part to the backing of independents who cast ballots in the GOP contests. However, McCain still finished second to Romney and Huckabee with conservatives and evangelicals, two key wings of the Republican Party. The battle continues between war mongering and Religion with Repugs
This caught me off guard though! Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards will drop out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday, a day after his dismal showing in the Florida Democratic primary. The Southern candidate, who has run a populist campaign, is scheduled to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. news conference in New Orleans, La., where he began his populist campaign, aides said. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton trounced Edwards and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama Tuesday, although the victory does not bring with it any delegates. The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida of its delegates for moving its primary to an early date.
* The battle for America's future is shaping up! Unity vs. war on the lift. War mongering vs. perverted Religion on the right. Today's revelation about Bush's intentions for the future make it more critical that the Republicans fight amongst themselves, Edwards backs Obama defeating Billary, and Obama gets elected and survives to chart the future of America!
Four months after announcing troop reductions in Iraq, President Bush is now sending signals that the cuts may not continue past this summer, a development likely to infuriate Democrats and renew concerns among military planners about strains on the force. Mr. Bush has made no decisions on troop reductions to follow those he announced last September. But White House officials said Mr. Bush had been taking the opportunity, as he did in Monday’s State of the Union address, to prepare Americans for the possibility that, when he leaves office a year from now, the military presence in Iraq will be just as large as it was a year ago, or even slightly larger. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Mr. Bush wanted to tamp down criticism that a large, sustained presence in Iraq would harm the overall health of the military — a view held not only by Democrats, but by some members of his own Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Within the Pentagon, senior officers have struggled to balance the demands of the Iraq war against the competing demands to recruit, train and retain a robust and growing ground force. That institutional tension is personified by two of Mr. Bush’s top generals, David H. Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq, and George W. Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff. General Petraeus’s mission is to win the war; General Casey must also worry about the health of the whole Army. “We’re concerned about the health of the force as well, but the most important thing is that they succeed in Iraq,” said one senior White House official, adding, “If the commanders on the ground believe we need to maintain the troop numbers at the current level to maintain security for a little while longer, then that’s what the president will do.” That strong White House tilt in favor of General Petraeus comes as he prepares to testify before Congress in April about the next step in Iraq. In September, based on General Petraeus’s earlier recommendation, Mr. Bush announced that he intended to withdraw five combat brigades and Marine units — roughly 20,000 troops — from Iraq by July. That would leave 15 combat brigades in place.
In his address to Congress, Mr. Bush spoke of those reductions, but not of any future ones. What a continuing commitment of 15 brigades — more than 130,000 troops — would mean for the Army as a whole is said to be a major concern of General Casey, among others on the joint staff. But officials said Mr. Bush’s primary concern was not letting military gains in Iraq slip away, a warning he issued in his State of the Union address. Mr. Bush hinted in September that there might be more reductions to come, although he has never made an explicit promise. The Pentagon has also not made any promises, although military planners have talked about wanting to reduce the number of brigades to 12 from 15 by the end of this year, if the security situation improves enough to permit it. Mr. Bush’s defense secretary Robert M. Gates has said he would like to cut even further, eventually dropping to 10 brigades if possible. But Mr. Gates has avoided using specific numbers in more recent comments, and says unswervingly that he would be guided by conditions on the ground. At the Pentagon, officials said the withdrawal of 20,000 combat troops pledged by Mr. Bush left open the future of the 7,000 to 8,000 support and aviation troops that accompanied those “surge” combat forces. If those extra support troops remain in Iraq even after the withdrawal of the additional combat troops, then it is possible that the number of American military personnel in Iraq after the surge could be higher than before, officials said. Bush sending signals of no troop reduction in Iraq
** The future is quite clear if left up to Bush and his war mongering prognosticators! Edwards administers progressive ideas and has said in the past that as long as he was alive and breathing the voice of his supporters would be heard in this campaign. I believe the man and that means he will be actively supporting and backing Obama or Hillary. I believe absolutely that it will be Obama as he is the person that will most likely unite America and bring back support to average Americans. Anything else would be a vote for a future of war mongering not healing and if we are lucky, peace!