So what exactly was Bush hoping to accomplish? Most likely, he wanted to scare Gulf countries into buying more weapons. An arms race in the region, while beneficial to Israel, could turn out to be debilitating to both Iran and Gulf states. Think of a major defense scheme, a wall of defensive rockets based in the Gulf, presumably to protect the region against Iran's ballistic missiles. Hasn't Iran said that it can strike at any country within a distance of 4,000 kilometers? So how about a few gadgets to keep the Iranians at bay? This is what Bush came to this region to say. This is how far he has sunk. Please read the middle east view By Gamal Ali Salami
Sponsored by Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, and supported by the Senate Democratic leadership, the measure would cut off funding for combat operations 120 days after enactment. Democratic leaders had expected GOP senators to block debate on the bill by voting against a procedural amendment. Similar measures have failed repeatedly, and this current version is also not expected to pass. Senate Democratic leaders complained that Republicans agreed to the lengthy debate because they want to stall the next bill scheduled for Senate action: A Democratic-authored measure to help people facing foreclosures because of the mortgage crisis.
"They're scared to death of this housing bill, "said Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois. "They don't want to face the vote and they don't want their presidential candidate to face the vote before the Ohio primary." Republicans disputed the charge, arguing they firmly oppose a provision in the housing bill that would let bankruptcy courts restructure mortgages on primary residences and want it removed from the bill. The debate on Iraq could unfold over the next several days and could include a host of related amendments. I heard it will be vetoed because it helps homeowners not Banks
Casey reiterated long-standing concerns among Army commanders about the long and repeated tours of duty. "The cumulative effects of the last six-plus years at war have left our Army out of balance, consumed by the current fight and unable to do the things we know we need to do," Casey said. But even as the Army cuts the length of combat tours, other demanding measures will remain in place.
* The surge has not attributed to military success in Iraq, paying the Sunni's has done that, and despite what McCain says there has been no significant Government accomplishments there. I can only hope Obama is smart enough to focus on that when he is running against him in the Presidential elections! McCain has merely changed his tone just to compete in the upcoming Presidential elections! Republican presidential candidate John McCain defended his belief that U.S. troops will need to stay in Iraq for decades Monday but said the unpopular war will soon end "for all intents and purposes."