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.