Its improved standing poses challenge to US policy of isolation.
War spending, trade deficits, and devaluation against foreign currencies weigh on the greenback.
Many veterans worry that Americans have become more interested in other issues – the economy, the presidential campaign, and pop culture – than the long wars in which thousands of US troops have fought and sacrificed.
It caters exclusively to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Instead of barbecues and parades, these vets go skydiving.
Murat Kurnaz, who testified in a landmark hearing Tuesday, says he spent days chained to the ceiling of an airplane hanger. He was determined innocent in 2002, but held until 2006.
Economic development was key for many Kuwaitis, but Saturday's parliamentary poll seated tribal leaders and Islamists, signaling more political stagnation ahead. While women won the right to vote in 2005, no female candidates were elected.
The summit of Arab neighbors Tuesday is the third attempt to gain more support for Iraq's reconstruction from Sunni states. Baghdad's crackdown on Shiite militias may help.