From the LA Times:
BAGHDAD — Missing from Thursday’s session of the Iraqi parliament were about half of the members, including the speaker, the former speaker and two former prime ministers.
Also missing: a sense of urgency.
American officials have been pressing Iraqi leaders to prove their commitment to ending sectarian strife by enacting landmark legislation before mid-September, when the Bush administration is to present its next report on Iraq to Congress.
But even as parliament’s month-long August break approaches, key issues aren’t being discussed. Quorums are marginal, or fleeting.
No fucking wonder there are so many problems in Iraq – even the representatives of the people don’t care.