According to Bob Woodward’s recent book State of Denial, Henry Kissinger reportedly advised the Bush administration that “victory was the only way out of Iraq.”
Now, according to this AP report, Kissinger seems to be changing his tune.
In an interview Sunday with the BBC, Kissinger stated:
If you mean by ‘military victory’ an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support, I don’t believe that is possible.
Note that Kissinger has dropped the semantic idiocy of debating whether a civil war is underway in Iraq. He finally acknowledges that it is.
— Steve Clemons