See: Vietnam, 1975

In an op-ed in Friday’s Washington Post, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gave a personal take on recent official suggestions that the US might begin withdrawing troops from Iraq next year. The idea “revived poignant memories,” said K. He went on, “The capacity for offensive action of the remaining forces shrinks. Once the process is started, it runs the risk of operating by momentum rather than by strategic analysis, and that process is increasingly difficult to reverse.”