Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State

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NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Tell me if you've heard this line once or twice: Now, comes the hard part, after the war, setting up the peace. With us now, Henry Kissinger, of course, the former secretary of state on the state of Iraq right now.

Secretary, good to see you.


CAVUTO: You know, this is the kind of stuff we always worry about, a suicide bomber attack, or an errant bomb is heaved at forces, this is part of keeping the peace?

KISSINGER: It's part of keeping the peace in Iraq at this moment. And it will be for a few weeks or maybe months.

CAVUTO: Do you have a sense that that's what the president's critics, that's what the French or the Germans are waiting for, that this drags out and becomes a problem?

KISSINGER: Well, the French and the Germans or maybe other critics are waiting for an opportunity to internationalize the government of Iraq in some manner. But I believe that we have a good opportunity to get a civil government established. There will be incidents like this and those incidents that you had on the news were between Iraqi factions, they were not aimed at us -- I mean the Shiite assassinations. This is something that we must expect to happen in the next few weeks.

CAVUTO: When we see these boisterous scenes of people waving and saluting American soldiers and coalition soldiers going by and dragging down statues of Saddam Hussein, how widespread, how prevailing is that opinion?

KISSINGER: Another question is how long will it last? I think people are probably relieved to have the dictator removed. At the same time, a foreign occupation, no matter how benevolent, it is always a problem. And when the foreign occupation from a non-Muslim society. It gives an opportunity for radicals and especially for fundamentalists to cause difficulties. Still we should compare what it is like now compared to what it was with Saddam, and to compare our situation now than it was before the war started. We will have removed weapons of mass destruction, which in one way or another would have been available to other...

CAVUTO: You think it is a matter of time before we find them?

KISSINGER: I have never seen an intelligence officer of either Britain or the United States who is not absolutely convinced that they exist.

CAVUTO: Is it important that we have prove that they exist?

KISSINGER: I think we had a good cause for doing this in the fact that we were attacked from that region, that here is a country that had broken the cease-fire agreement with us, had violated 17 U.N. resolutions for a period of 12 years. So we had every right as a question of self-defense and in prudence to protect ourselves. But I am sure we will find either weapons or means of manufacturing the weapons if they destroyed the weapons.

CAVUTO: All right. Secretary, always good seeing you. Thank you very much.

KISSINGER: Nice to see you.

CAVUTO: Henry Kissinger.

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