Henry Kissinger says military victory in Iraq is IMPOSSIBLE

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  • FORD

    • Jan 2004
    • 58802

    Henry Kissinger says military victory in Iraq is IMPOSSIBLE

    April 2nd, 2007 12:48 am
    AP Exclusive: Kissinger says military victory not possible in Iraq

    Associated Press

    TOKYO: Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who helped engineer the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, said Sunday the problems in Iraq are more complex than that conflict, and military victory is no longer possible.

    He also said he sympathizes with the troubles facing U.S. President George W. Bush.

    "A 'military victory' in the sense of total control over the whole territory, imposed on the entire population, is not possible," Kissinger told The Associated Press in Tokyo, where he received an honorary degree from Waseda University.

    The faceless, ubiquitous nature of Iraq's insurgency, as well as the religious divide between Shiite and Sunni rivals, makes negotiating peace more complex, he said.

    "It is a more complicated problem," Kissinger said. "The Vietnam War involved states, and you could negotiate with leaders who controlled a defined area."

    But Kissinger, an architect of the Vietnam War who has also advised Bush on Iraq, warned that a sudden pullout of U.S. troops or loss of influence could unleash chaos.

    "I am basically sympathetic to President Bush," he said. "I am partly sympathetic to it because I have seen comparable situations."

    During his tenure under President Richard Nixon, first as national security adviser and then as secretary of state, Kissinger faced a similar challenge in formulating policy for a Vietnam War that was increasingly unpopular at home.

    He oversaw a gradual U.S. pullout from Vietnam through a strategy also planned for Iraq, where U.S. troops are training their Iraqi counterparts to take fuller control of security. He also negotiated directly with North Vietnamese leaders on ending the conflict.

    Kissinger said the best way forward is to reconcile the differences between Iraq's warring sects with help from other countries. He applauded efforts to host an international conference bringing together the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Iraq's neighbors — including Iran, Washington's longtime rival in the region.

    "That is the sort of framework out of which it is conceivable that an agreement should emerge," Kissinger said. "One needs to be prepared to negotiate with adversaries."

    Kissinger said that fighting in Iraq is likely to continue for years, and that America's national interest requires an end to partisan bickering at home over war policy.

    "The role of America in the world cannot be defined by our internal partisan quarrels," he said. "All the leaders, both Republican and Democratic, have to remember that it will go on for several more years and find some basis for common action."
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  • Nickdfresh

    • Oct 2004
    • 49213

    You liberal cut and run surrender you Kissinger!


    • hideyoursheep
      • Jan 2007
      • 6351

      Victory has been achieved as far as I'm concerned...Why do we give a shit about their phony democracy if they themselves don't take it seriously?