After watching coverage of the Tet Offensive provided by the most trusted man in America Lyndon Johnson famously said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.”
Will George Bush say anything as coherent about losing Kissinger (perhaps the least trusted man in America)?
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has drawn parallels between the sliding scale of support in the Iraq and Vietnam wars.
He said he had a “very uneasy feeling” that the same factors which damaged support for the conflict in Vietnam were surfacing over concerns for Iraq.
“For me, the tragedy of Vietnam was the divisions that occurred in the United States that made it, in the end, impossible to achieve an outcome that was compatible with the sacrifices that had been made,” he told CNN.
Kissinger stressed that the US should withdraw troops that were not necessary to the goal of stabilising Iraq.
“But we cannot begin with an exit without having first defined what the objective is,” he added.
“If a radical government emerges in Baghdad or if any part of Iraq becomes what Afghanistan used to be, a training ground for terrorists, then this will be a catastrophe for the Islamic world and for Europe… reluctant as they may be to admit it, and eventually for us.”