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How we got into Iraq should not matter as much for now as how we will exit. Two of the key participants in Boston, Jack Valenti, a special assistant to President Johnson, and Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state and national security adviser for President Nixon and the mastermind behind the "peace with honor" strategy in Vietnam, offered no solutions for Iraq. Kissinger lamely reflected, "I know the problem better than the answer."
In 1961, U.S. pilots began training South Vietnamese pilots, including my father, when President Kennedy dispatched advisers en masse to Vietnam. They didn't leave until the cease-fire agreement 12 years later.
The Iraqis, too, are doomed as an independent military force if the United States makes the same critical mistakes made with the South Vietnamese