The fact we have the military might to conquer the world matters not when our economic backbone is on the verge of snapping. As Dwight D. Eisenhower once said: "How far can you go without destroying from within, what you are trying to defend from without?"
President Barack Obama has taken his containment policy through partnership to a new level this week by crowning Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki as a strategic player in the Arab-Iranian-Turkish equation.
New records released after a four year FOIA fight between the State Department and Gawker show that mercenaries, primarily from Blackwater, shot and sometimes killed a lot of Iraqis in the name of protecting America's diplomats.
The disputable meeting between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and President Obama will be held today in the White House. Mr. Maliki will be accompanied by Hadi Ameri, a government minister who has been the Commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards 9th Badr corps.