Monday, November 20, 2006

Victory in Iraq Not Possible According to Kissinger

Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State and advisor to 8 U.S. Presidents and giant in the world of foreign policy, says there can be no military victory in Iraq.

In a sense, he is reporting the obvious. But I think people are misinterpreting what he meant.

What he said was, #1) There can be no military victory there. In other words, there is still room for political, diplomatic, and economic efforts there....efforts that have not been considered seriously by the Bush administration. #2) There can be no victory in Iraq as "victory" is currently defined by the foolish Bush administration. Let's set realistic goals for what "victory" might actually look like. The U.S. has no choice.

All is not completely lost, but at the same time, 100% victory is no longer in the cards.

The U.S. should listen to the veteran diplomat, who knows a little something about foreign policy disasters. The U.S. should learn from his mistakes. He has already lived this history (Vietnam).
This country finds itself reliving history that Kissinger wrote long ago. The U.S. always seems to find itself in the same disasters over and over again.

And it doesn't help when the U.S. has brainless leaders, with no war experience making crucial decisions....not knowing what the hell they are doing or what they are talking about.
Perhaps in the next Presidential election the American public will elect a man who actually reads the newspaper, and can name 4 world leaders.

And it would be nice if we could ban neocons from working in government.... these people (The PNAC gang) are just as dangerous to the U.S. as our worst foreign enemies.


skepticalbrotha said...


As a child of the seventies, I find Kissinger's statements regarding the unwinnable nature of the conflict in Iraq chilling. His other assertion that we must stay in any case is even more disturbing. I can't understand how we can ask people to put themselves at risk, and perhaps die, for a lie.

The Angry Independent said...

"I can't understand how we can ask people to put themselves at risk, and perhaps die, for a lie".

--I can't understand it either... but it has a lot to do with the fact that it isn't their sons/daughters fighting in Iraq.... so they don't mind keeping troops there....(Referring to the sons and daughters of elites who orchestrated this war and who created the fantasy world of WMD and imminent threats to justify it).