Henry Kissinger

Peking Over Our Shoulder
September 15, 2009

Our Chinese shareholders get nosy.

Washington Diarist
August 26, 2009

On August 4, Haaretz reported that Benjamin Netanyahu called Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod self-hating Jews. A spokesman for the prime minister later denied this, but I have heard from Israeli friends that this conspiratorial explanation is quite popular in the prime minister’s office. I have no reason to believe otherwise. The accusation of ethnic infidelity is an old feature of the political culture of the Likud. The defenders of Greater Israel have values, but the critics of Greater Israel have motives.

Insight And Inside News About Hillary And Her Boss
July 16, 2009

I've blogged twice in the last few days about Hillary and her fraught state. No, I don't mean her injured elbow, although I'm sure it gives her both pain and political cover. The fact is, though, that being sidelined a bit is not bad for her career. The foreign policy embarrassments of the Obama administration so far cannot possibly be attributed to her. There's a fascinating (and to me seemingly scrupulous) article by Mark Landler putting Mrs. Clinton's ups and downs into perspective.

World Without End, Amen
April 08, 2009

For a while there, it was looking like we were going to spend the next four years arguing whether Barack Obama’s foreign policy was actually different than George W. Bush’s. As I noted the other day, Robert Kagan, the neoconservative foreign policy adviser to the McCain campaign, has been arguing that “the pretense of radical change has required some sleight of hand.” A few former Bush officials have made similar points.

The Audacity Awards, Kissinger Edition
October 26, 2008

The first one goes to Newsweek, for asking Henry Kissinger to write a piece entitled, yes, 'What Vietnam Teaches Us.' The second goes to Kissinger himself, for actually writing the following sentences:  When the United States goes to war, it should be able to describe to itself how it defines victory and how it proposes to achieve it. Or else how it proposes to end its military engagement and by what diplomacy. In Vietnam, America sent combat forces on behalf of a general notion of credibility and in pursuit of a negotiation whose content was never defined.

A Glimpse Inside McCcain's Decision-making Process
July 27, 2008

Comes from Saturday's NYT: McCain's advisers were divided, for example, over a speech he gave on nuclear security policy in Denver in May. Two Republican pragmatists who advise McCain, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, supported a call in the speech for a nuclear-free world, an idea they endorse as part of a "Gang of Four" of national security statesmen. But other advisers to McCain were opposed to the idea because, in their view, nuclear weapons act as a deterrent against an attack on the United States and its allies.

Trade Negotiations, '70s Style
February 15, 2008

 This AP nugget is currently one of CNN's most popular stories: Amid a discussion of trade in 1973, Chinese leader Mao Zedong made what U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called a novel proposition: sending tens of thousands, even 10 million, Chinese women to the United States "You know, China is a very poor country," Mao said, according to a document released by the State Department's historian office. "We don't have much. What we have in excess is women. So if you want them we can give a few of those to you, some tens of thousands." A few minutes later, Mao circled back to the offer.

Athwart History
March 19, 2007

Although he remains the most eminent conservative in the United States, his face and voice recognized by millions, William F. Buckley, Jr. has all but retired from public life. At the apex of his influence, when Richard Nixon and, later, Ronald Reagan occupied the White House, Buckley received flattering notes on presidential letterhead and importuning phone calls from Cabinet members worried about their standing in the conservative movement.

Kissinger And Mccain
March 13, 2007

Good news for you John McCain fans: The Senator has just been endorsed by Henry Kissinger, everyone's favorite war criminal/ladies man. The Guardian has the story here (scroll down) . This was particularly rich: "I think that the most important quality for a president is character," Kissinger said. Also: "When I have a question about something that's going on in the world, I call Dr. Kissinger and he is able to connect the dots for me," McCain said. "It is easy to be an expert on one aspect of some international situation.

Forgetting Someone, Henry?
October 17, 2006

by David Greenberg I recently participated in a "talkback"--a question and answer session with the audience--after a performance of "Nixon's Nixon," a wonderful, well-reviewed play being revived at the MCC in New York. The play begins with the famous encounter between Nixon and Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office the night before Nixon's resignation and imagines a delicious scenario in which the two political predators circle each other, each seeking to make sure the other will help him preserve his own reputation, such as it is.