With the election only weeks away, msnbc.com is presenting the series Briefing Book: Issues '08 assessing issues and controversies that the next president cannot avoid once he takes the oath of office.
The American entanglement in Iraq has receded as a campaign issue in the past few months, partly because the number of American casualties has declined since last year. But Iraq will be an unavoidable dilemma for the next president.
Why it's a problem
The United States has had troops in Iraq since March of 2003.