Negotiations for an elected government remain deadlocked; many fear instability with the American combat role set to end Sept. 1. Conflicting casualty figures for July underscore the uncertainty.
With less than a month to go before the U.S. military completes its drawdown to 50,000 troops and political negotiations still deadlocked, it now seems all but certain that the American combat mission here will end without an elected Iraqi government in place.
I'm sure Republicans will pounce on this and remind the country that President Obama is somehow shirking his responsibilities in this part of the world. But then again, wouldn't Democrats have done the same thing if a Republican had been in the White House.
So perhaps the question is -- should the president be held accountable for this?