That the Obama administration has plans to drawn down to a tiny force in Iraq shouldn't be a surprise. The Iraqis haven't (yet) given America permission to stay.
No one has taken much notice of the report. But as the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, it's an important reminder of the failure of Al Qaeda and of the scars that will shape Iraq for decades.
Iraq's sectarian divisions are deep, militants both Sunni and Shiite still roam the landscape, and the US is no longer in a position to do much about it.
June has been the worst month for US troops in two years. And violence is surging in Afghanistan.