SPIEGEL: But is what we have seen so far from him truly realpolitik?
Kissinger: It is also too early to say that. If what he wants to do is convey to the Islamic world that America has an open attitude to dialogue and is not determined on physical confrontation as its only strategy, then it can play a very useful role. 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.
Let me put it this way, Obama's personal history and his pronouncements all indicate that Obama sees the process remarks of his Cairo speech to be an end in themselves. Alternatively, Obama's radical associations and evident chumminess with dictators like Chavez, suggest that Obama's speech in Cairo was a step in a realignment of America with the Islamicists and leftist dictators.
In view of these realities, Kissinger should have said that the jury is not in but that the rebuttable presumption should run against Obama.