For months, the Iraqi government and the U.S. have been sending the message that the security situation has steadily improved. American troops — 132,000 of them — are now in a support role. In recent days, the government has relaxed security in Baghdad.
But on Monday, after a double truck bombing tore through a Shiite village in northern Iraq and a string of nine blasts hit Baghdad, at least 48 people were dead and more than 250 were injured.
Douglas Ollivant, who served two tours in Iraq and was the director for Iraq policy at the National Security Council, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the timetable for U.S. withdrawal and consider if the focus on Afghanistan is premature.