The Americans are gone but there is no peace in Iraq. As Asir Ghazi and Tim Arango of the New York Times report:
In the span of roughly an hour, as the streets were choked with morning commuters and shoppers, more than a dozen explosions struck Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 65 people and wounding far more, officials said. It was the latest in a series of terrorist attacks that have engulfed Iraq.
Last week, the Iraqi government was making quiet appeals for help from the United States. Even if it were to come, it would probably be too little and too late. In that regard, American policy and action in that part of the world are depressingly consistent.