President Bush signed http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/01/gns_guardcontrol_080130/n which was pushed through by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont that repealed a controversial law which made easier for the White House to take control over America’s National Guard. The Bush administration even used National Guard units to patrol the border with Mexico as well as employing them in the ongoing war in Iraq. The nation’s governors had complained that the Insurrection Act, passed as part of the 2006 defense bill hurt the ability of states to use the National Guard in responding to state disasters.
The bill also increases the clout of the National Guard in the Pentagon when decisions are made about the guard’s mission and staffing. Thge change elevates the chief of the National guard from the rank of Lieutenant General to the rank of General and makes that person the main adviser on guard maters to the defense secretary. It will allow leaders of the National Guard to have a more vital voice in matters impacting its members.
After two days of robustly selling the virtues of having a radar station on Czech Republic soil, Geneal Henry Obering, head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, still had failed to completely obtain support from Czech officials. He insisted myths the missile system was not an effective protective device were downgraded by the American military leader. General Obering raised the fear of Iran by warning “I believe that the day is coming for Europe with respect to threats from Iran specifically.” However, his fearmongering failed to persuade the Social Democratic Party and the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia(KSCM) that a real threat existed and it could be met by the American missile defense system. Hassa Charfo of KSCM commented the government is “trying to find any reason to avoid a vote by the people” and there is fear if the radar is placed on Czech soil, “we will be targets.”
During his talk, Obering raised the bloody flag of 9/11 to stir fear but many were not convinced that Iran was a possible sources of terror. The recent report by a Bush intelligence outfit insists that Iran is not engaged in development of nuclea weapons, but Obering continues hammering away at the fear ploy.
Following are four views from foreign newspapers regarding the Republican primary in the state of Florida:
Great Britain, The Independent:
“Humiiated Giuliani Set To Endorse McCain”
“Rudy Giuliani, whose dreams of becoming the American president were abruptly breached in the Republican primary in Florida last night will today signal his intention to bow out of the nomination contest and transfer his support to the winner, Senator John McCain.”
Canada, Toronto Star:
“McCain Pulls Away From Pack”
“Arizona Senator John McCain has emerged as the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, winning yesterday’s crucial Floriday primary and expecting an endorsement today from the vanquished former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani.”
Germany, Der Spiegel:
“John McCain Trumps Romney, Giuliani In Florida”
“The Republican field has been looking more like a scrum than a campaign. With John McCain winning the primary in Florida on tuesday though, the race is now a two-man spring to next week’s Super Tuesday and Big Mac looks to have the advantage.”
Australia, Sydney Morning Herald:
“Ascendant McCain Leaves Rivals Trailing”
“JOHN MCCAIN has become the frontrunner in a Republican nominee race that could be decided as soon as next week. Senator McCain cemented his claim with a hard-fought win over M itt Romney in th e Florida primary on Tuesday.”
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Senator John Edwards will announce today his decision to exit the presidential nomination process and, most probably for the moment, end his political career. He endeavored to inject concern during the nomination process in issues related to the needs of poor people, but apparently his message was not strong enough to be heard by the American people. His announcement will be made in New Orleans where his original intention was to make a speech about poverty.
It is quite clear to John Edwards after failing to make a strong showing in South Carolina and now doing poorly in Florida that his chance to obtain the Democratic Party nomination for president is not merely a long shot, it is an impossible dream. He bows out with his head held high and in knowledge he, among all candidates, attempted to focus on the needs and aspirations of poor people. In this day and age, the underclass of America is not in the minds and hearts of people. The only remaining question is whether or not Edwards will endore Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.