At a flash point for violence, an Army general plays diplomat.
Amid growing opposition, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called on Sunday for more time to negotiate a plan that could begin US troop withdrawals in June 2009.
The US spends twice as much on healthcare per capita than other nations but still trails in access to care.
Bush says reforms must improve, not fetter, the free market; Europeans hint at more robust intervention.
Readers write about Palin's VP qualifications, the US military's role around the world, another way to look at the abortion debate, and Syria's superficial diplomatic gestures.
Some tribes have forced insurgents from their area, but many risks remain.
Economists say that Arab states such as Saudi Arabia will feel the pinch, but a year of record oil prices provides a deep cushion.