CBS News Poll Shows Giuliani Way Ahead
In the latest CBS News poll former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani seems to have surged ahead of the other candidates, widening his lead on major challengers by much more than expected and doubling the percentage of the nearest challenger. The poll of likely Republican primary voters shows Giuliani with a 38% lead, followed by undeclared candidate Fred Thompson at 18%, Mitt Romney at 13% and John McCain at 12%. Popular speculation that Romney was developing momentum because of his victory in the Iowa Straw Poll seems to have been off the mark, and Giuliani has moved to a position where it may be his election to lose. Further polling suggests surprisingly strong support for Giuliani among conservative and religious groups despite his relatively socially liberal attitudes. With the earliest primaries having been moved up into January, candidates have less time than expected to catch Giuliani now that he has become the clear Republican front runner.
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Iran's Revolutionary Guard to be Targeted as Terrorists
This week the administration is expanding the War on Terror to target new terrorist organizations, focusing on Iranian and Syrian backed groups like Fatah al-Islam in Lebanon, but more significantly, specifically designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. This allows the government to go after their fund raising apparatus and assets here in the United States and to try to cut off the money which they funnel to a variety of terrorist organizations in Lebanon and Palestine.
Following the model of the Chinese Red Army, Iran's Revolutionary Guard has developed substantial international business interests and a powerful fund raising apparatus as well as an espionage network. They have units deployed in a variety of areas training and supporting terrorist and insurgent activity. Attacking their financial structure may be an effective way to reduce their effectiveness without challenging Iran's government directly.