As US forces pull back, Iran is expected to widen its influence in Iraq, despite the two countries' history of war and mistrust.
Monday's attack came amid discussion of doubling the US forces in Afghanistan by mid-2009.
His team looks ready to spend at least $675 billion on projects to jolt the US economy.
Loose fiscal policy is said to doom democracies to despotism.
A move out of Iraq could save America $370 billion.
Attitudes change as Americans take financial hits.
How firmly will he stand with his labor allies during the painful restructuring of the auto industry?