"...and the stock market keeps having record days....."
You have a point there. I'm not sure the "experts" are able to explain why the stock market has been doing so well this year. But it sure has been good to see the effect it has had on one's 401K after the big losses in 2008.
... I still can't understand why we get involved in other Nation's messes? It is quite obvious that other nations do not want us meddling in their affairs....
It would be like if the Ottoman Empire came over here 150 years ago, interfered, took control, and told us what to do during our Civil War that killed over 600,000 military personnel - North and South combined.