(CNN) - Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards criticized the Iraqi government for taking a month-long recess during August and said it's time to make President Bush change course in Iraq.
"While the Iraqi parliament is on vacation, is George Bush going to be on vacation in Crawford, Texas?" Edwards asked. "What we need to do is turn up the heat on George Bush and hold him responsible, and make this president change course."
Iraq's parliament plans to take a month-long vacation in the month of August, though Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is urging them to cut short or cancel those plans amid criticism from American observers. Former congressman Lee Hamilton, the co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, called those plans "outrageous" while U.S. troops are fighting to buy Iraqi leaders time to reach a political settlement of the conflict.
Bush usually vacations at his Texas home in August, and is expected to spend at least part of August there this year.
- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich