Henry Kissinger Says Military Victory No Longer Possible in Iraq (For Second Time)

It’s not just those anti-war liberals who say a military victory in Iraq is not possible. Add Henry Kissinger to the list:

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.

Kissinger fears the consequences of an abrupt pull out. He has criticized partisan bickering but echos many Democrats in stressing the need for diplomacy involving neighboring countries:

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 had similar comments about Iraq last November.

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