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No, Iran is not saddled with Iraq

I think Iran is playing the same long game it has in Iraq for several years -- really several decades.

So, no, I don't think that Iran has a failed state on its hands. What it had for several years after 2001 was the threat of American-dominated states on both its western and eastern borders. Now it faces no such threat, and is consolidating its hold on the Shiite rump in Iraq, from Baghdad to Basra. That's a big piece of important territory that represents extension of Persian control to the Euphrates, and because that area includes Basra, tighter control of much of the Persian Gulf. 

And after Iran finishes there, I think eventually it will turn its attention to the Kurds and get some of the oil up there. But no hurry.

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Counterdrone ops from LA to Brazil: Not just for military and al Qaeda anymore

The French soccer team reported a drone spying on its practice session. And LA hockey fans knocked down a drone. They assumed it was from the police, as did some reporters, but better informed observers say not.