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  • When it Comes to Israel, Drunk Nixon is Better than Sober Obama

    07/02/2015 6:28:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Washington free Beacon ^ | July 1, 2015 | Roger Stone
    President Richard Nixon was drunk during the height of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, according to veteran journalist Tim Weiner writing for Politico magazine. Weiner’s book, One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon, makes the charge. The former New York Times reporter claims that a call recorded by Henry Kissinger proves Nixon was drunk on the fifth day of the crisis after Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel which caught their Intelligence agency by surprise. It became clear in the hours after the 1973 Yom Kippur attack that the Arabs had surprised Israeli forces...
  • Kissinger Slammed Kerry For Negotiating With Sandinistas In 1985 [VIDEO]

    03/12/2015 9:42:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/12/2015 | Kerry Pickett
    Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger hammered John Kerry in 1985 for interfering in diplomatic negotiations with Nicaragua’s Marxist government as a Massachusetts senator. Thirty years later, Kerry is skewering Senate Republicans for their open letter to the Iranian leadership warning that any nuclear deal with the United States without the advice and consent of the U.S. Congress would not last beyond President Obama’s term. Kerry and then-Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin visited Nicaragua in 1985 to cut a deal with the Sandinista government, which was close to the former Soviet Union. President Ronald Reagan, however, was already set on overthrowing...
  • Netanyahu’s Congressional Speech Follows in Rabin’s Footsteps

    02/10/2015 7:23:05 AM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | February 10, 2015 8:46 am | Rafael Medoff
    The supposedly unprecedented step taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his plan to speak directly before Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat on March 3, rather than working exclusively with the White House on the issue, actually has an interesting precedent—established in 1975 by none other than Yitzhak Rabin and America’s Democratic Party. That spring, Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger undertook a round of shuttle diplomacy aimed at reaching a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. The negotiations quickly ran into trouble, when Egypt refused to offer anything more than a brief a period of “non-belligerency” in...
  • Elite 'Supervillains' Chime In On Scottish Independence Debate

    09/10/2014 12:38:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Huffington Post UK ^ | September 9, 2014 | Paul Vale
    Global "supervillain" Henry Kissinger has spoken out on the Scottish independence debate, telling Prospect Magazine that "anything that makes Britain smaller I do not welcome". Yet the former US Secretary of State is not the only nefarious character to offer council on the issue of ScotlandÂ’s proposed breakaway from the UK. Some of the globeÂ’s most "black hated" antagonists have ruminated on the delicate matter of the British Union, with support falling on both sides of the fence. Here are 7 of the world's elite "supervillains" that have also chimed in on the referendum: Rupert Murdoch: When not denying man...
  • Globalist Henry Kissinger Outlines "New World Order"

    09/01/2014 7:30:30 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 01 September 2014 | Alex Newman
  • Henry Kissinger, 91, undergoes heart surgery in New York

    07/15/2014 5:09:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 46 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 15, 2014
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger underwent heart surgery at a New York City hospital on Tuesday and was resting comfortably, hospital officials said. Kissinger, 91, underwent an aortic valve replacement procedure, according to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Fact Check: Kissinger Defends McCain's Iran Stance

    09/27/2008 5:15:03 AM PDT · by kellynla · 8 replies · 910+ views ^ | September 26, 2008 | staff
    ABC News' Kirit Radia Reports: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger came to the defense of longtime friend Sen. John McCain following Friday's presidential debate saying he "would not recommend the next President of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the Presidential level." "Senator McCain is right. I would not recommend the next President of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the Presidential level. My views on this issue are entirely compatible with the views of my friend Senator John McCain. We do not agree on everything, but we do agree that any negotiations...
  • Israel Sobered By Syria Debacle

    09/15/2013 7:47:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 9/13/13 | P. David Hornik
    Saturday marks Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar and, this year, the 40th anniversary of the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, the greatest trauma in Israeli history. On the morning of October 6, 1973—the day on which Yom Kippur fell that year—Chief of Staff David Elazar met with Prime Minister Golda Meir and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan to warn that the Egyptian and Syrian armies were about to attack Israel. Elazar urged a preemptive strike; six years earlier, in the Six-Day War, Israel’s preemptive strike had proved highly effective. But Meir and Dayan, who were under...
  • Christie, Establishment Darling [Henry Kissinger Supports the Obama Lover]

    08/20/2013 9:34:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/20/13 | Robert Costa
    Chris Christie’s darkest moment, at least in the eyes of some members of the Republican establishment, came on a chilly Sunday night in early November of last year, just days before the presidential election. What Christie and his team did that evening, in a series of terse e-mails and calls with the pleading Romney camp, remains murky. On Capitol Hill, insiders still treat the episode like the Zapruder film, analyzing it and trying to discern, from limited context, what exactly happened. But what didn’t happen is indisputable: Christie didn’t attend Mitt Romney’s rally at Shady Brook Farm in Lower Makefield,...
  • The enduring power of Henry Kissinger

    05/27/2013 8:19:20 AM PDT · by Borges · 20 replies
    CBC ^ | 5/27/2013 | Brian Stewart
    It is astonishing to consider the full arc of Henry Kissinger's influence on U.S. and world politics, spanning as it does close to six decades, 11 presidents and four generations' worth of dangerous events. Indeed, it's hard even to remember a time when Kissingerian insights were not pulled out and debated whenever U.S. foreign policy faced a new round of soul searching. In fact, Kissinger's strategies are an expanded version of that notion, which, it should be noted, did not prevent Europe's nations from competing to the point they toppled into the First World War. Even in the distant past...
  • Flight of Fancy

    03/21/2013 7:54:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | MKarch 21, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    President Obama should listen to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the "founder" of shuttle diplomacy. Kissinger told Bloomberg TV's Judy Woodruff recently that he sees little hope in the "Arab Spring," nor is he optimistic about peace in the region following the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Welcome to the party, Dr. Kissinger. Some of us who have been denigrated for taking seriously the Muslim Brotherhood's goal to promote radical Islam worldwide are happy for you to join us in Realityville. The New York Times headlined a recent story: "Muslim Brotherhood's Statement on Women Stirs Liberals' Fears." What took...
  • Kissinger says Putin is a 'patriot'

    03/12/2012 1:52:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies
    AFP ^ | 03/12/2012
    WASHINGTON — Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger said Sunday that Russia's president-elect Vladimir Putin is a "patriot" who could turn out to be a constructive partner with the United States on certain issues. Kissinger said Putin, who was elected to a third term as president in an election marred by irregularities and protests against his rule, "is not anti-western." "He is, above all, a Russian patriot who feels humiliated by the experience of the 1990s, which were in the most formative period of his career," Kissinger said in an interview with CNN, referring to the 1991 collapse of...
  • Republican presidential candidate nomination open until Karl Rove decides

    12/03/2011 9:34:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Huliq ^ | December 2, 2011 | Dave Masko
    EUGENE, Ore. – The man known as “Bush’s Brain,” still wields massive power in the Republican Party today -- and is prominently featured on hand-made signs as “the antichrist” by Occupy protesters here in Eugene and nationwide – while it’s no surprise that Karl Rove’s nickname is “the decider” by those who run the GOP inner circle. After serving as President George W. Bush’s “Senior Advisor,” deputy chief of staff, personal secrets keeper and “the president’s right and left hand” in all matters of decision making – state numerous political analysts who’ve watched Rove’s rise to power in America and...
  • Madeleine Albright: Herman Cain Didn’t Seek My.... (not satire)

    11/04/2011 11:20:02 AM PDT · by mnehring · 51 replies
    Joe Scarborough questioned Madeleine Albright about Republican frontrunner Herman Cain‘s meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, on Friday’s edition of Morning Joe and wondered if she got to meet him as well. “Did you talk to Herman? And if so — what did you say?” asked Scarborough. “Yeah! How’d that meeting go?” interjected cohost Mika Brzezinski. “Well, he didn’t call me,” jabbed Albright. “I’m the wrong gender.” Albright’s zinger cracked up the two morning anchors. “Okay!” exclaimed Scarborough. “May have been safer for you.”
  • Henry Kissinger Digs Cain’s ‘Brilliant’ 'Smoking' Video

    11/04/2011 9:53:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/04/2011 | Robert Costa
    Herman Cain huddled with Henry Kissinger in New York on Thursday, discussing foreign policy with the elder statesman. According to Mark Block, Cain’s chief of staff, the former secretary of state also commented on Cain’s notorious campaign video, which shows Block smoking. “Halfway through Mr. Cain’s conversation, Doctor Kissinger turns and points to me and says, ‘That smoking thing you did was brilliant.’ I sat there thinking, Dr. Henry Kissinger just said something I did was brilliant,” Block says. “We all got a good chuckle.” Block adds that Kissinger was impressed by Cain’s questions. “He told him that he meets...
  • Kissinger reportedly briefed Christie

    10/08/2011 2:08:47 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | October 5, 2011 | Maggie Haberman
    A nugget from the Times story on Chris Christie's decision against a 2012 campaign — he had an hourlong policy briefing from Henry Kissinger. The former secretary of state had personally urged Christie to run, and sitting down for a briefing — even one that wasn't sought out — would be an extension of that. But it is another scrap in how the pleas from Republican players had finally softened his resistance, however briefly, to running. "If Henry Kissinger is basically begging you to run, how do you not reconsider?" said one Republican insider. Meanwhile, for whatever disappointment the donors...
  • Red Lines

    06/12/2011 5:21:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies ^ | June 12, 2011 |
    SNIPPET: "There are some good reasons for allowing at least a few jihadi forums to operate." SNIPPET: "However, there are limits to our ability to exploit all the intelligence opportunities a forum may present. To put it another way, jihadi forums contribute to future terrorism in ways that are unpredictable and/or beyond our ability to control. This would be the view held by those other government agencies who prefer to seek out and destroy forums and to take down forum activists. For my part, I can live with keeping online those forums we have sufficient access to monitor and resources...
  • Henry Kissinger Calls On President Obama To Free Jonathan Pollard

    03/07/2011 2:40:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Yeshiva World ^ | 3/7/11 | staff
    As the calls for clemency for Jonathan Pollard continue to intensify, Henry A. Kissinger, an elder statesman, well-respected diplomat, and experienced member of the United States intelligence community, has become the latest American governmental leader to issue a public call for Pollard’s release. Pollard has spent more than 25 years languishing in a federal prison for passing classified information to Israel, an ally of the United States. Kissinger, who served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he commute Pollard’s sentence to...
  • Holbrooke no hero to general

    12/17/2010 10:02:34 PM PST · by TheMole · 57 replies · 1+ views
    The Ottawa Sun ^ | December 17, 2010 | Michael Harris
    This week, the Globe and Mail asked General Lewis McKenzie (Retired) to write the obituary of American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. It was a good idea. The two men had crossed paths more than once on the global stage of the Great Game. McKenzie declined. Holbrooke had just died and the general knew that what he had to say would hardly produce the standard panegyric. When I caught up with McKenzie, he was shoveling snow after a spell away from home. I asked for an interview and to my surprise, he agreed. “I’m just going to tell you what I thought...
  • US mulled North Korea nuclear strike in 1969: documents

    06/23/2010 8:51:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 6/24/2010 | AFP via Google News
    The United States studied a plan for a nuclear strike on North Korea in 1969 but advisers to then-president Richard Nixon concluded it was best to remain calm, declassified documents showed Wednesday. The documents, obtained by the National Security Archive at George Washington University, foreshadow present-day US frustration on how to handle Pyongyang following its nuclear tests and the sinking of a South Korean ship. In 1969, North Korea shot down a US spy aircraft over the Sea of Japan (East Sea), killing the 31 personnel on board. Despite US outrage, the new Nixon administration chose not to retaliate other...
  • NEGROES WITH GUNS - The story of how the 2nd Amendment prevented bloodshed in the 60's.

    09/03/2002 6:36:27 PM PDT · by vannrox · 61 replies · 1,969+ views
    Black Man with a Gun ^ | 12/29/01 12:22:27 | Dr. Michael S. Brown of Vancouver, WA
    FROM:Dr. Michael S. Brown of Vancouver, WA TOPIC:"NEGROES WITH GUNS" 12/29/01 12:22:27 The year was 1957. Monroe, North Carolina, was a rigidly segregated town where all levels of white society and government were dedicated to preserving the racial status quo. Blacks who dared to speak out were subject to brutal, sadistic violence. It was common practice for convoys of Ku Klux Klan members to drive through black neighborhoods shooting in all directions. A black physician who owned a nice brick house on a main road was a frequent target of racist anger. In the summer of 1957, a Klan...
  • [Secretary of State] Clinton consults predecessors on troubled world

    06/17/2009 8:27:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 943+ views
    Facing a world of diplomatic woes from Iran to North Korea, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had the opportunity to get some heavyweight advice at a dinner held by eight of her living predecessors. Tuesday night's private dinner at former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's Washington home gathered top U.S. diplomats from five previous administrations with decades of hands-on experience in some of the most difficult foreign policy crises America has faced. A spokeswoman for Albright says all but one living former secretary of state attended the event to honor Clinton(continued at link)
  • Kissinger Says Obama Wrong on Kissinger's Position in Debate Tonight

    09/27/2008 5:24:33 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 32 replies · 1,301+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 09/27/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Here is something that the media should focus on. In the debates tonight, Barack Obama said that even Henry Kissinger agreed with Obama that on a presidential level a diplomatic meeting with as rogue a leader as Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a good idea. McCain immediately said that this was not true, but the issue wasn't further addressed in the debate. Well, now Henry Kissinger himself is attempting to set the record straight. Kissinger says that Obama was wrong, McCain was right. Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard has a short post to this effect on his TheBlog entry.Kissinger Unhappy...
  • Lindsey Williams Author of "The Energy Non-Crisis"

    05/17/2008 7:39:39 PM PDT · by jcmfreedom · 25 replies · 2,188+ views
    UTube ^ | video October 26, 2007 | Lindsey Williams
    Watch this speech by Lindsey Williams dated October 26, 2007. It's a 75 minute speech that will shake your faith in our free system in the United States. According to Mr. Williams, who is a Baptist Minister who worked on the pipe lines in Alaska, gas could be $1.50 within one year if we pumped gas in Alaska. According to him, it won't happen because of a secret pact that Henry Kissinger set up in 1960.
  • Obama to Urge Elimination of World’s Nuclear Weapons

    10/02/2007 2:47:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 229 replies · 1,574+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 2, 2007 | Jeff Zeleny
    Senator Barack Obama will propose on Tuesday setting a goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons in the world, saying the United States should greatly reduce its stockpiles to lower the threat of nuclear terrorism, aides say. In a speech at DePaul University in Chicago, Mr. Obama will add his voice to a plan endorsed earlier this year by a bipartisan group of former government officials from the cold war era who say the United States must begin building a global consensus to reverse a reliance on nuclear weapons that have become “increasingly hazardous and decreasingly effective.” Mr. Obama, according to...
  • Highway Robbery of Texas Roads (SPP & Trans-Texas Corridor)

    08/21/2007 9:42:11 PM PDT · by anymouse · 29 replies · 888+ views
    Texas Eagle Forum ^ | 08-20-07 | Cathie Adams
    Texas drivers are tired of traffic gridlock. We want new roads built sooner rather than later, but we do not want a Trans-Texas Corridor that would surely invite more illegal drugs and more illegal aliens. Legislators have gotten our message but since both highway funds, the State Highway Fund (a gasoline tax) and the Texas Mobility Fund (bond money), have been pilfered for other uses, there is no money for road building. Members of the Texas Senate Transportation & Homeland Security Committee met on August 7 to discuss this funding dilemma. Committee Chairman John Carona suggested a new constitutional amendment...
  • Bill paves way for Canada's 'disappearance' (integration with U.S. and Mexico)

    06/24/2007 1:11:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 311 replies · 2,465+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 23, 2007
    Lawmakers in Canada appear to be paving the way for "deep integration" with the U.S. and Mexico with a proposed measure that advances the controversial Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America promoted by the Bush administration, notes WND columnist Jerome Corsi. It's an issue Corsi has fully investigated for his newest book, "The Late Great USA." The conservative minority government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pressing for "The Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement", which would enable a Canadian company to challenge laws in provinces that block the North American Free Trade Agreement. Murray Dobbin, a Vancouver author...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 1.2.07

    01/02/2007 4:55:50 PM PST · by GretchenM · 282 replies · 4,742+ views, ^ | Tuesday January 2, 2007 | GretchenM
    On this "National Day of Mourning throughout the United States," President and Mrs. Bush attended the funeral service for former President Gerald Ford at the National Episcopal Cathedral in DC today. President Bush was among those asked to eulogize (text and webcast at this link) his predecessor. Henry Kissinger's eulogy was very informative about the international achievements of Ford's presidency. I've been looking for the text but haven't found it so far. If anyone does, please post it or link it on this Dose. Goodbye, President Ford. Thank you for your faith in Christ that helped bindup and heal the...
  • Maureen Likes Her Men Macho

    10/04/2006 10:09:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies · 1,504+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein October 4, 2006 - 07:35 It's a shame Audie Murphy isn't around. Maureen Dowd might finally have met her soul mate. You've surely noticed the phenomenon. When it comes to candidates, the Democrats love the military. From Mr. 'Reporting for Duty,' to a crop of Iraq and Afghanistan campaign veterans running in recent election cycles, the party of McGovern likes to combat its anti-war image by running the roughest, toughest GIs and jarheads it can find. And woe to the Republican who hasn't served. Dems will deride him as a chicken hawk or worse. Maureen Dowd's pay-per-view...
  • Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 6/24 and 6/25/06 (not the live thread)

    06/23/2006 7:42:56 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 34 replies · 944+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 6/23/06 | Network and Cable News
    Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 6/24 and 6/25/06 (not the live thread)The main message is the Sunday Shows.  Message 1 will be the Saturday Shows and message 2 will be the show guest links post.  Then I'll post the ping list.Sunday Shows for 6-25-06 ABC This Week (George Stephanopoulos) Meme: What is wrong with these Democrats?  We hand them the election on a silver platter and they just screw it up!Bush has had two good weeks - it's time to bring out the big guns and knock that fool down a peg Topics: Iraq Withdrawal?: In a pair of exclusive...
  • Kissinger: President Bush Will 'Do the Right Thing' on Iran

    05/19/2006 5:00:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 547+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/19/06 | NewsMax
    Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger knows something of nuclear showdowns. He and Richard Nixon faced one when the U.S and it's allies sent the USSR packing from the middle east in the early 70's. Back then there were only two nuclear powers. Kissinger warned that we must stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons now, or there will be a score or more of nuclear states before long. However, Kissinger cautions that bombing Iran is not the first step. America must show the world we have exhausted diplomacy before we strike Iran militarily. "At some point we have to talk...
  • Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 4/15-4/16/06 (not the live thread)

    04/14/2006 6:13:34 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 37 replies · 963+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 4/14/06 | Network and Cable News
    Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 4/15-4/16/06 (not the live thread) I'm going to try a little different formatting this week.  The listings were growing too long to let us look at and organize the show contents after I started adding the Saturday shows.  So what I'm going to do is add 3 message posts on this thread, in this order the Sunday show contents in message 1 the Saturday show contents in message 2 the guests for all shows in message 3 Then I'll send out the ping to everyone.  I hope this will help make the thread easier to...
  • Henry Kissinger: American Strategy and Pre-emptive War

    04/14/2006 9:44:49 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 616+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | April 14, 2006 | Henry A. Kissinger
    NEW YORK The recent publication of the second Bush administration statement on national strategy passed without the controversy that marked its predecessor in 2002 even though the new statement reiterates the commitment to a strategy of pre-emption in exactly the same words as the last.  When the doctrine of pre-emption was first put forward, it was attacked as being contrary to generally accepted principles of the international system, which had evolved over three centuries and were enshrined in the United Nations Charter in 1945. The 2006 report was received with less hostility because other countries have had more experience now...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 3/18 - 3/19 (not the live thread)

    03/17/2006 7:12:26 PM PST · by Phsstpok · 44 replies · 1,082+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 3/17/06 | Network and Cable News
    Journal Editorial Report (Paul Gigot) - FNC show page Meme: Fissures in the GOP - immigration Topics: "Are Republicans headed for a political meltdown over immigration?" (as per Opinion Journal web site)"Immigration reform controversy: We'll examine policies under consideration" (as per FNC show page)"Plus, what a hard line on immigration means for this year's midterm elections" (as per FNC show page) Guests Colorado Governor Bill Owens I have a plan, just like the plan that's failing the President Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review illegal immigration isn't really a problem, really Stephen Moore, Walls Street JournalJason Riley, Walls Street JournalPaul Gigot, Walls...
  • How Viable Is The Chinese Model?

    03/05/2006 6:51:08 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 42 replies · 881+ views
    Asharq Alaswat (English) ^ | 3/3/06 | Amer Taheri
    In a recent visit to China, the former American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger asked his guide to arrange a meeting with” my old friend Jiang Zemin.” The guide responded with a dismissive gesture: That person is no longer available. “That person”, of course, had been China’s President for a decade, before being eased out of office in one of those mysterious palace coups that the country has experienced since the 1970s.
  • New chancellor will give Germany, U.S. a chance for a new dialogue (Henry Kissinger Op-Ed)

    11/27/2005 10:55:06 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 15 replies · 685+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | November 27, 2005 | Henry A. Kissinger
    On Nov. 22, the German parliament elected Angela Merkel as the new chancellor. It could mark a seminal event. Ms. Merkel is the first female chancellor in Germany's history; the first leader who spent most of her life under Communist rule; and the first head of a coalition between the two major German parties since 1969. She takes over in a country that has been, in effect, without a government since May, when the outgoing chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, announced his intention to bring about new elections. Angela Merkel becomes chancellor at a moment of crisis for her country, poised between...
  • NY Post: Better a Bad Story than None at All (Able Danger)

    08/27/2005 9:50:24 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 30 replies · 1,857+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 27 August | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Today’s New York Post (27 August) carries a story by Niles Lathem entitled “Military ‘Spied’ on Rice.” The good news is that the story ran at all. The bad news is the reporter demonstrated a brass-plated ignorance of how the Able Danger program operated. The lede from this article says, “Cyber-sleuths working for a Pentagon intelligence unit that reportedly identified some of the 9/11 hijackers before the attack were fired by military officials, after they mistakenly pinpointed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other prominent Americans as potential security risks....” Able Danger is/was a computer program which does not target...
  • Kissinger: Lessons for an Exit Strategy

    08/13/2005 4:42:15 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 16 replies · 820+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 12, 2005 | Henry A. Kissinger
    There have been conflicting reports about the timing of American troop withdrawals from Iraq. Gen. George Casey, commander of U.S. forces there, has announced that the United States intends to begin a "fairly substantial" withdrawal of U.S. forces after the projected December elections establish a constitutional government. Other sources have indicated that this will involve 30,000 troops, or some 22 percent of U.S. forces in Iraq. Some high-level statements from Baghdad have indicated that the beginning of withdrawals may be delayed until next summer. On either schedule, progress is dependent upon improvements in the security situation and in the training...
  • The Logic of Empire - (difficulties & limitations of spreading democracy globally)

    06/22/2005 5:22:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 307+ views
    It has been a heady few months, with relatively free elections in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Ukraine, Thailand, Indonesia and East Timor. Lebanon held open elections following the withdrawal of foreign Syrian troops after 30 years of occupation. Even Saudi Arabia held local elections and Egypt opened somewhat by holding a referendum on multiparty elections. Is President George W. Bush's second inaugural dream for democracy and freedom in the Middle East and the world now at hand? America's most influential right-of-center editorial page is optimistic but warns there is much more to do. "The U.S. with its stake in Iraq and...
  • New York Times' Tooting Tom Friedman - (Boffo piece here! Friedman's "World is Flat" uh-huh!)

    06/16/2005 9:27:50 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 539+ views
    The New York Times surely once had an institutional policy against cronyism. But between then and now, something must have happened to the Times, or to ethics. Maureen Dowd, whom I actually like when she gets off politics, published a collection of her Bush-bashing columns and the Times, her paper, got it quickly reviewed and (mostly) praised. I thought that strange. Maureen is a big girl now and she ought to hunt and fight for coverage and praise like the rest of us. Stranger still is the saga of Tom Friedman. Those of us in the writing and opinion business...
  • China: Containment Won't Work - Kissinger

    06/13/2005 9:48:03 AM PDT · by AFPhys · 34 replies · 1,276+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 13, 2005 | Henry Kissinger
    …ambivalence has suddenly reemerged. Various officials, members of Congress and the media are attacking China's policies, from the exchange rate to military buildup The rise of China -- and of Asia -- will, over the next decades, bring about a substantial reordering of the international system Military imperialism is not the Chinese style. Clausewitz, the leading Western strategic theoretician, addresses the preparation and conduct of a central battle. Sun Tzu, his Chinese counterpart, focuses on the psychological weakening of the adversary. China seeks its objectives by careful study, patience and the accumulation of nuances U.S. policy in Asia must not...
  • Henry Kissinger: Conflict is not an option (Relations Between China and the U.S.)

    06/09/2005 5:40:56 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 19 replies · 743+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | June 9, 2005 | Henry A. Kissinger
    NEW YORK The relationship between the United States and China is beset by ambiguity. On the one hand, seven presidents have affirmed the importance of cooperative relations with China and a commitment to a one-China policy.   Nevertheless, ambivalence has suddenly re-emerged. Various U.S. officials, members of Congress and the news media are attacking China's policies, from the exchange rate to military buildup, much of it in a tone implying that China is on some sort of probation.   Before continuing on this subject, I must point out that the consulting company I chair advises clients with business interests around...
  • Henry Kissinger: Spreading democracy (A realist's assessment of the 'freedom agenda')

    06/05/2005 12:16:52 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 539+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | June 5, 2005 | Henry A. Kissinger
    Extraordinary advances of democracy have occurred in recent months: elections in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine and Palestine; local elections in Saudi Arabia; Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon; the opening of the presidential election in Egypt; and upheavals against entrenched authoritarians in Kyrgyzstan. Rarely have conditions seemed so fluid and the environment so malleable. This welcome trend was partly triggered by President Bush's Middle East policy and accelerated by his second inaugural address, which elevated the progress of freedom in the world to the defining objective of American foreign policy. Pundits have interpreted these events as a victory of "idealists" over "realists"...
  • Henry Kissinger: Implementing Bush's Vision

    05/16/2005 3:13:38 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 476+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2005 | Henry A. Kissinger
    To Effectively Spread Democracy, We Must Balance Values and Geopolitical ChallengesExtraordinary advances of democracy have occurred in recent months: elections in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine and Palestine; local elections in Saudi Arabia; Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon; the opening up of the presidential election in Egypt; and upheavals against entrenched authoritarians in Kyrgyzstan. This welcome trend was partly triggered by President Bush's Middle East policy and accelerated by his second inaugural address, which elevated the progress of freedom in the world to the defining objective of U.S. foreign policy.Pundits have interpreted these events as a victory of "idealists" over "realists" in the...
  • Henry Kissinger: Some atomic arm-twisting

    05/11/2005 5:46:36 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 379+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 11, 2005 | Henry Kissinger
    IF George W. Bush's first term was dominated by the war against terrorism, the second will be preoccupied with the effort to stem the spread of nuclear weapons. This challenge is more complex than the first. Do we oppose proliferation because of the rogue quality of the two regimes - Iran and North Korea - furthest advanced on the road towards acquiring nuclear weapons? Or is our opposition generic; does it extend to fully democratic countries? How far are we prepared to go in resisting proliferation? Is it possible for one country alone to become the sole custodian of the...
  • Christopher Hitchens & Tariq Ali debate the Iraq War - [Ali down...Ali down...Ali out!]

    02/15/2005 5:00:20 PM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 23 replies · 1,473+ views
    Arts & Opinion (Vol 4, No. 1, 2005) ^ | January/February, 2005 | (no author)
    CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS & TARIQ ALIdebate the Iraq War Tariq Ali is author of Bush in Babylon: The Recolonization of Iraq, and editor of the New Left Review. Christopher Hitchens's latest book is called, Blood, Class, and Empire: The Enduring Anglo-American Relationship. This interview is published with the permission of Democracy Now.* * * * * * * * * * AMY GOODMAN: We welcome you both to Democracy Now! Why don't we start off with Christopher Hitchens. Your assessment, Christopher, right now, of what's happening in Iraq. CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: I think that the United States and coalition forces are not...
  • Trump Charges $1 Million an Hour

    01/25/2005 9:00:20 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 98 replies · 2,469+ views ^ | Tuesday, January 25, 2005 | Lisa Johnson
    Donald Trump will sail into The Guinness Book of World Records with a rate of $16,000 per minute for lectures at The Learning Annex. It's nice work if you can get it, and Donald Trump can get just about anything he wants these days. The billionaire business magnate has reached an agreement with the Learning Annex to present three classes in 2005 titled How to Succeed in Real Estate. Trump's fee will be a cool one million dollars for each one-hour class. That's over $16,000 a minute! He's scheduled to teach in three cities -- Los Angeles on May 1,...
  • Henry Kissinger and George Shultz: Results, Not Timetables, Matter in Iraq

    01/25/2005 5:57:02 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 308+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 25, 2005 | Henry A. Kissinger and George P. Shultz
    The debate on Iraq is taking a new turn. The Iraqi elections scheduled for Jan. 30, only recently viewed as a culmination, are described as inaugurating a civil war. The timing and the voting arrangements have become controversial. All this is a way of foreshadowing a demand for an exit strategy, by which many critics mean some sort of explicit time limit on the U.S. effort. We reject this counsel. The implications of the term "exit strategy" must be clearly understood; there can be no fudging of consequences. The essential prerequisite for an acceptable exit strategy is a sustainable outcome,...
  • Sept. 11 Amuses Chinese Premier

    04/27/2002 1:31:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies · 836+ views ^ | April 25, 2002 | Charles R. Smith
    Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji recently cracked a joke about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Zhu told the joke to a captive audience of Asian executives during the April Bao business conference held on Hainan Island. Zhu's remarks came during a question-and-answer session with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. According to Zhu, "Japan bought many huge buildings in New York, but luckily they didn't buy the World Trade Center. If they had bought them, now the Japanese would be sadder than the Americans." Zhu's joke was quickly followed by a long round of laughter and applause...
  • No peace from Gorbachev

    11/12/2004 8:43:05 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 6 replies · 357+ views
    CFP ^ | November 12, 2004 | Judi McLeod
    Funded-by-Americans, former Soviet Union Leader Mikhail Gorbachev thumbs his nose at American authority. On Wednesday, Gorbachev will award a prize, through the international foundation he founded and operates, to a man expelled from the United States only last September. The singer once known as Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, was nabbed and expelled from the U.S. after authorities diverted his London-to-Washington flight to Maine to remove him, on suspicion of ties to terrorism. On Wednesday, Islam, who converted to Islam in the 1970s, will be handed the Man for Peace award in Rome, where he’ll be feted by Gorbachev and...