We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I would not want to be president without Kissinger's advice. Right or wrong, he always makes good sense. He says victory, in the usual sense of the word, is impossible. Quote from the piece in the Int'l Herald Tribune:
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."
Surely he is right. Iraq is beginning to feel like a giant game of Whack a Mole.
My Dad who served in the Vietnam War becomes quite angry when Kissinger's name comes up. He doesn't think Kissinger ever wants to WIN just pussyfoot around with people. He is part of the Realists camp which doesn't mind crawling into bed with dictators and thugs. Only later do we pay the cost. Read some of Mark Helprin's essays on Iraq and the lack of winning willpower of the Bushes. (and I voted for him twice)
After witnessing the bloodless coup by Ms Pelosi, sending former president GW Bush to the Oval Office for a timeout, then picking up the reins of government and flying off to meet foreign heads of state to establish our new foreign policy, I think that Mr K's plan stands a chance of being implemented. BTW, I wonder what Ms Clinton thinks about being the second woman president of the US.
Those "international conferences" sure are effective powerhouses when it comes to settling disputes. Look what fine work they are doing in Darfur, how they have reduced animosities in Rwanda-Burundi, the amazing Balkan success stories, the settled peace for the Kurds, and all the other great moments in international conferences dating back to, who, Neville Chamberlain at Munich? The League of Nations? What would one expect a former sex symbol and international conference addict like Kissinger to say anyways?
There is something about trying to break up a fight between a bunch of vipers that somehow suggests that sticking one's hands into the pit and pulling them apart isn't the best solution.