When even the original architects of the current catastrophe no longer believe there's any hope, it's truly time to pack the dufflebags and head back home:
Military victory is no longer possible in Iraq, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in a television interview broadcast Sunday. Kissinger presented a bleak vision of Iraq, saying the U.S. government must enter into dialogue with Iraq's regional neighbors — including Iran — if progress is to be made in the region.
Hearing these words from this source should make anyone around in the '60s experience major deja vu flashbacks.
"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," he told the British Broadcasting Corp.
I don't believe it's possible either. Of course, I didn't believe it was possible several years back, either.
"I think we have to redefine the course, but I don't think that the alternative is between military victory, as defined previously, or total withdrawal," he said.
I agree. Military victory is no longer an alternative.