"In Iraq, rapid, unilateral withdrawal would be disastrous. At the same time, a political solution remains imperative. A strategic design cannot be achieved on a fixed, arbitrary deadline; it must reflect conditions on the ground," Kissinger wrote in an opinion piece in Thursday's Los Angeles Times. "But it also must not test the endurance of the American public to a point where the outcome can no longer be sustained by our political process."
Kissinger said a bipartisan solution is needed to bringing a successful end to the war.
"President Bush owes it to his successor to make as much progress toward this goal as possible; not to hand the problem over but to reduce it to more manageable proportions. What we need most is a rebuilding of bipartisanship in both this presidency and in the next," Kissinger wrote in the Times.
Kissinger said the two conflicts had something in common -- debate over them "became so bitter as to preclude rational discussion of hard choices."
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