I know there a lot of folks here who are no fans of kissinger. I’m not really one myself.
However, I thought he did a good job here of explaining the problem posed by the treaty of versailles.
A quote more reflective of Kissenger's premise would have bee taken from this paragraph...
"If it were to be continued on the belief that every crisis can be managed by a philosophical speech, then he will run into Wilsonian problems."
People will just read the headline and assume that Kissinger is heaping fawning praise on Obama, he's not.
Yeah, like a pawn. But whose pawn?
WOW! This is why he gets paid the big bux! ;)
Henry is mixing up his metaphors.
I don’t remember, how does a teleprompter move?
All suffering has been caused by criminals and the greatest amount is when they run, seize, control a state. Who caused the suffering, Henry? Identify them.
And Kissinger is like a bad pizza. He keeps repeating.
I wish this overrated foreigner would just go the hell away and shut his damn mouth. I can’t stand him and didn;t like his weird boss either.
Opions can sometimes be useful, but to a certain extent diplomacy is only one part of the necessary ingredients to peace.
There has to come a time when we determine that diplomacy has failed and decide what to do about it. If we say we’re only going to use diplomacy as a tool for peace, then we are destined for failure.
Putting someone else in place, another diplomat or another president to put a different spin on diplomacy is not going to change the outcome, but merely perpetuate failure. It is simply like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, and why we have so many serious unresolved problems from many decades past.
If we have no interest in any war at all then we need to just keep to ourselves and build up our defenses so that if anyone wants to mess with us they will face destruction if diplomacy fails.
More a wood pusher than a grandmaster.
Obama is like a Chess Player.
Yes: and in Chess there is a winner and a loser. Why did we get the loser?
America is not now nor has it ever held a confrontational posture towards Islam.
Kissinger thinks this is all role playing and posturing.
As for Obama, it is now and will always be capitulation to America’s enemies, both at home and abroad.
He wants to see America weak and dependent. He does not have idealistic goals, his goals are to destroy the America we were and remake us into his image.
We can never have lasting peace in parts of the world because of a religion...not because of policies or governments.
Kissinger has always been about Kissinger. He disguises what he says with an array of verbiage (much like Greenspan) but he is either stating the obvious, mouthing useless platitudes, enhancing his role in some previous conflict, or positioning himself for a role in the next one.
This is the unaltering theme that has run throughout his career.
In the 1968 election he was playing both sides against the middle - acting as an “advisor” to both Nixon and Humphrey to make sure he had a seat at the table when the dust settled.
I wonder if the final historical verdict of watergate was a coup of Nixon by Kissinger.
I detest this man.
.... so long as you define having a 'realistic policy' as embracing communist dictators and abandoning democracies.
Kissinger can kissinger my a&&.
Great thread/commentary. Thanks to all posters.