Short political update: President Bush is pretty much alone with his plans to send additional troops to Iraq. Even some Republicans are now turning against him. The presidential race 2008 has been kicked off, there at least 12 candidates already. The frontrunners on the Democrat side are Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards, on the Republican side Rudy Giuliani and John McCain. One of them will probably have to deal with the Iraq disaster. The commander of US troops in Iraq estimates it will take "two or three years" to gain the upper hand over there. By then Bush will be history.