Daily archives: August 12th, 2007

And The Field Narrows

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has dropped out of his race for the White House.  According to the AP:

The campaign statement said Thompson intends to take some time off before returning to the private sector and his nonprofit work.The 65-year-old said he’s comforted by the fact that he thinks he made a difference for people during his campaign.

He finished sixth among 11 candidates in this weekend’s GOP straw poll in Iowa, garnering a disappointing 7 percent of the vote. He had said before the Iowa event that he would drop out of the race unless he finished first or second.

The statement didn’t say whether he would endorse another candidate.

The Republican field thins out by one.

Is Iraq Our Forgotten War?

Once again I am forced to ask, have we all grown comfortably numb?  Are we content to wait until the next presidential election to hope for any kind of change?  Do we really think a change in administration in the White House will make a difference, whether the victor be Republican or Democrat?

The Democrats are already preparing us for a let-down should they be victorious in ’08.  The New York Times reports:

Even as they call for an end to the war and pledge to bring the troops home, the Democratic presidential candidates are setting out positions that could leave the United States engaged in Iraq for years.

Why?  Their answers are all over the place.

John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator, would keep troops in the region to intervene in an Iraqi genocide and be prepared for military action if violence spills into other countries. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York would leave residual forces to fight terrorism and to stabilize the Kurdish region in the north. And Senator Barack Obama of Illinois would leave a military presence of as-yet unspecified size in Iraq to provide security for American personnel, fight terrorism and train Iraqis.

An American presence would be wonderful, were it not for the fact that we’re still dying.  3,689 American soldiers dead as of this writing.   $451.45 Billion spent.  National Debt, right now, $8.97 Trillion.