The DC blame game is revving up, as it always does when something goes wrong. The GOP and other hawks are looking to restart the Iraq war again but also to find someone to blame for the ISIS gains and the lousy performance of the Iraqi government. But having a residual force of US troops depended on Iraqi political groups agreeing to an extension of the 2008 security agreement.
Iraqi domestic politics made it impossible to reach a deal. Iraqi public opinion surveys consistently showed that the U.S. military presence was deeply unpopular (only in Iraqi Kurdistan did a majority of people want American G.I.s to stay).
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