The finger-pointing in the US over who "lost" Iraq ignores an important reality: It was never won.
It's not the Al Qaeda resurgence, Sunni-Shiite fault line narrative you've been hearing.
The chaos in Iraq is largely a function of domestic political decisions. That means the democratic process can still work in Iraq's favor.
When President Obama welcomes Iraqi leader Nouri al-Maliki on Friday, he needs to link US military aid to reducing sectarian tensions and the sudden rise in mass killings this year.