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    Angry Kissinger: Iraq Military Victory Impossible

    Wrong - It depends on how big of bombs you use, and how many. He did such a fantastic job in Vietnam - Pffft.

    I still think we should train & arm the "good" sides (if there are any), and let them do all the fighting while we sit back and let them annihilate each other. If our side looses, then crater the place.


    POSTED: 12:02 pm CST November 19, 2006
    UPDATED: 4:29 pm CST November 19, 2006

    LONDON -- Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says military victory is no longer possible in Iraq.

    He told BBC television he doesn't believe it's possible to get sectarian violence under control and a unified Iraqi government established in an acceptable time period.

    Kissinger said if any progress is to be made in the region, the U.S. must enter into dialogue with Iraq's neighbors, including Iran.

    But he warns against a rapid withdrawal of troops. He said that could lead to "disastrous consequences," destabilizing Iraq's neighbors and causing a long-lasting conflict.

    He's called for an international conference bringing together the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Iraq's neighbors and regional powers like India and Pakistan to work out a way forward.

    Kissinger was national security adviser and secretary of state during the Vietnam war, under Presidents Nixon and Ford.

    Gunmen Kidnap Top Health Ministry Official

    Gunmen have kidnapped Iraq's deputy health minister from his home in northern Baghdad.

    The kidnapped official is a Shiite and a member of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's party. He's the first senior official from the ministry to be kidnapped, according to another deputy health minister.

    He was snatched nearly a week after dozens of suspected Shiite militia gunmen in police uniforms kidnapped scores of people from a Ministry of Higher Education office in central Baghdad. That ministry is predominantly Sunni.

    At Least 112 Dead In Iraq

    At least 112 people were killed across Iraq Sunday.

    A suicide bomber in the predominantly Shiite city of Hillah lured men to his minivan with promises of a day's work as laborers, then blew it up. At least 22 were killed.

    Police say they later arrested two Egyptians and an Iraqi on suspicion of planning the attack.

    Within hours, a roadside bomb and two car bombs exploded one after another near a bus station in a mostly Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 11.

    At least 23 other people were killed nationwide. In addition, the bodies of 56 murder victims, many of them tortured, were dumped in three Iraqi cities. Forty-five of them were found in Baghdad alone.

    Syrian Foreign Minister To Begin Landmark Visit To Iraq

    Syria's foreign minister has arrived in Baghdad.

    Walid Moallem becomes the highest-ranking Syrian official to visit Iraq since the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

    An Iraqi official said the Syrian minister will be meeting with top Iraqi officials during the two-day visit, including President Talabani and Prime Minister al-Maliki.

    Iraq's government and its U.S. sponsors have repeatedly accused Syria of allowing foreign fighters to cross into Iraq. Syria denies doing it intentionally, saying it's impossible to control the long desert border.

    Damascus broke relations with Baghdad in 1982.
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