Juan Cole, a trusted and well-informed source for information on what's happening with the progress of a new Iraq constitution, holds out little hope for a reaching of the August 15th deadline. He comments that the approval of a constitution would not have halted the guerrilla war, "because the guerrillas reject what they see as a colonially imposed government."
"..now even the facade of progress is peeling away. Thirty more bodies of police or police recruits were found in Baghdad Sunday; most of these are probably Shiites killed by Sunni Arab guerillas in an unconventional civil war already begun.
So this is the time Bush chooses, as he is mired in an intractable conflict in Iraq in which its Shiites are moving close to Iran, to intimate that he could take military action against Iran over its nuclear program -- in an interview broadcast from Israel (which rejected the nuclear nonproliferation treaty and made hundreds of atomic bombs with British help). The Rove theory of looking active and carrying the fight to the enemy isn't working as well in the Middle East as it did against poor John Kerry."