President George W. Bush’s ill-advised “surge and accelerate” plan for Iraq lacks any real public or political support before the President even announces it but it doesn’t really matter if he has support of not. If Bush wants to escalate the war, he has the power to do it.
Indiana Conservative Republican Congressman Dan Burton, the only member of the House of Representatives to vote last week against legislation prohibiting Members of Congress from lobbyist-financed trips, has a long history of junketing around the world when someone else is footing the bill as well as playing fast and loose with rules governing how he uses his Congressional office and campaign funds.
The carnage in Iraq continued unabated Sunday with three U.S. airmen among the 17 dead in violence across the civil war-torn country.
In an apparent effort to prove they can do the job themselves, Iraqi troops launched a battle to oust militias and pacify the capital, a move that observers say is little more than public relations effort with little chance for success.