Iraq, where nearly 4,500 Americans died in what appears to have been a futile attempt to change the very culture of that violence-torn region, may be about to fall to a radically militant Islamic insurgency. At this point there is virtually nothing the United States can do about that.
Let us hope President Barack Obama has a contingency plan to evacuate the thousands of Americans who remained in Iraq after U.S. troops ended active operations in 2011.
At the same time, members of Congress should demand assurances that if a terrorist regime takes over Iraq, U.S. response will be decisive. By that we mean a policy that will prevent Iraq from becoming the new Afghanistan - a haven from which terrorists can launch attacks on Americans.
As the al-Qaida organization was being built during the 1990s, then-President Bill Clinton did little to stop it. U.S. officials looked the other way when the vicious Taliban regime took over Afghanistan and invited al-Qaida to set up shop there.
That mistake should not be repeated. If a government sympathetic to Islamic terrorists takes over Iraq - a distinct possibility -Obama should warn it such behavior will not be tolerated. The very first infraction should be punished militarily. Unfortunately, it may be up to Congress to ensure that happens.
So easy a child could do it. The phrase is used to describe everything from assembling toys to programming remote controls.
And now, for sneaking across the border from Mexico into the United States.
Border Patrol agents in Arizona and Texas have been overwhelmed by thousands of "UAC" illegal immigrants. The abbreviation stands for unaccompanied children. So many have come across the border during recent months that the agency has put out an emergency call for babysitters.
Many of them are from Central American countries. Somehow, perhaps with adult help, they made their way across Mexico to where they could enter the United States illegally. Reportedly, some of their parents believe that once the children are here, they will not be kicked out.
"It's a humanitarian disaster," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said last week. It is that, and President Barack Obama's administration seems to have no good plan for dealing with it.
But the influx of youngsters is something else - proof claims by the White House that our southern border is secure are false. When children unaccompanied by adults can cross the border illegally, "secure" is not a word most people would use.