Omina21 tipped me off to this interview with Henry Kissinger at Der Speigel. Lots of pithy comments on who Kissinger backs for prez (John McCain), Europe's weak commitment to NATO and its own security, and George Bush, among other things. Selected excerpts follow, but do read the whole thing.
On the Democrats call for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq
Kissinger: The issue is: Are American forces withdrawn as part of a political settlement? Or are they withdrawn because America is exhausted by the war? In the latter case, the consequences of an American withdrawal would be catastrophic.
SPIEGEL: Do you think there would be another eruption of violence?
Kissinger: There would be a high possibility of killing fields. Radical Islam won't stop because we withdraw. A rapid withdrawal would be a demonstration in the region of the impotence of Western power. Hamas, Hezbollah, and al-Qaida would achieve a more dominant role, and the ability of Western nations to shape events would be sharply reduced. The virus would have huge consequences for all countries with large Muslim populations: India, Indonesia, and large parts of Europe.