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  • Angry Nixon vowed to 'ruin' diplomatic corps

    01/04/2007 7:02:53 AM PST · by fabrizio · 17 replies · 857+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Embittered by career diplomats during his first term, President Nixon said he wanted to "ruin the Foreign Service" before leaving office, according to newly released State Department documents. ... Days after his re-election on November 7, 1972, Nixon vented his frustrations about the diplomatic corps during a meeting with his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger. Just before saying he was going "to take the responsibility for cleaning up" the department, the president told Kissinger on November 13 that he was determined that "his one legacy is to ruin the Foreign Service. I mean ruin it -- the...
  • Henry Kissinger - Pres. Gerald Ford Eulogy

    01/02/2007 1:09:38 PM PST · by STARWISE · 27 replies · 1,755+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 1-5-07
    According to an ancient tradition, God preserves humanity despite its many transgressions because at any one period there exist 10 just individuals who, without being aware of their role, redeem mankind. Gerald Ford was such a man. Propelled into the presidency by a sequence of unpredictable events, he had an impact so profound it’s rightly to be considered providential. Unassuming and without guile, Gerald Ford undertook to restore the confidence of Americans in their political institutions and purposes. Never having aspired to national office, he was not consumed by driving ambition. In his understated way, he did his duty as...
  • Kissinger on Ford

    12/27/2006 1:36:34 AM PST · by dixie sass · 17 replies · 739+ views
    Years of Renewal | 1999 | Henry Kissinger
    Henry Kissinger's views of Gerald Ford from his book "Years of Renewal". "With Ford, what one saw was what one got. Providence smiled on Americans when - seemingly by happenstance - it brought forward a president who embodied our nation's deepest and simplest values." Kissinger's comparison betweem todays politicians and Ford leads one to believe that he believed that Ford was a leader in heroic mold. "The modern politician is less interested in being a hero than a superstar," he wrote. "Heroes walk alone; stars derive their status from approbation. Heroes are defined by inner values, stars by consensus. When...
  • Kissinger to Serve As Papal Adviser?

    11/28/2006 6:00:56 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 29 replies · 800+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 26 Nov 2006 | Edward Pentin
    Pope Benedict XVI has invited Henry Kissinger, former adviser to Richard Nixon, to be a political consultant and he accepted. VATICAN CITY — Over the course of his long and controversial career, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has had many titles. Now he reportedly has one more — adviser to the Pope. According to the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Pope Benedict XVI has invited the 83-year-old former adviser to Richard Nixon to be a political consultant, and Kissinger has accepted. Quoting an “authoritative” diplomatic source at the Holy See, the paper reported Nov. 4 that the Nobel laureate...
  • Kissinger: Iraq Military Win Impossible

    11/19/2006 12:29:45 PM PST · by A. Pole · 160 replies · 2,774+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, November 19, 2006 | Tariq Panja
    LONDON -- Military victory is no longer possible in Iraq, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in a television interview broadcast Sunday. Kissinger presented a bleak vision of Iraq, saying the U.S. government must enter into dialogue with Iraq's neighbors _ including Iran _ if progress is to be made in the region. "If you mean by 'military victory,' an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support,...
  • Kissinger Against a Rapid Withdrawal of Iraq

    Kissinger warned against a rapid withdrawal of coalition troops, saying it could destabilize Iraq's neighbors and cause a long-lasting conflict. "A dramatic collapse of Iraq — whatever we think about how the situation was created — would have disastrous consequences for which we would pay for many years and which would bring us back, one way or another, into the region," he said.
  • Former Sec'y of State Kissinger on Dangers of Premature U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq [interview]

    11/02/2006 8:10:14 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 261+ views
    Fox News Network ^ | Monday, October 30, 2006 | Paul Gigot, Henry Kissinger
    In the last week, I talked to two senior people from the Gulf. And they thought it was unimaginable that the United States would withdraw quickly, especially in this abrupt manner. Of course, if we could -- if certain stabilizing events evolve inside Iraq and/or if we can create a grouping of Sunni countries around Iraq, then it might be possible to look at this question again. And then, one can think of negotiation with other -- with, say, Iran and Syria. But unless we have some real assets that are on our side of the equation, no negotiation can...
  • Is Iraq Another Vietnam?--Historian Robert Brigham speaks out.

    10/20/2006 7:54:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies · 823+ views
    Frontpagemag ^ | 10-20-06 | Rick Shenkman
    He's co-authored a book with Robert McNamara and was the first Western scholar to be given access to the archives in Hanoi, so it isn't surprising to learn that Vassar historian Robert K. Brigham sees parallels between Vietnam and Iraq. But he fairly shocked a small audience in Seattle today when he claimed that Condoleezza Rice is following in the footsteps of Henry Kissinger in Iraq, reversing the course of Bush administration foreign policy 180 degrees. Neo-con ideology is out, Metternich is in. Brigham, who shared his perspective with scholars at the Army War College last Friday, says that Secretary...
  • Cold Warrior [Henry Kissinger on Acheson. Book Review]

    10/15/2006 8:18:32 AM PDT · by aculeus · 5 replies · 514+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 15, 2006 | Henry Kissinger
    DEAN ACHESON A Life in the Cold War. By Robert L. Beisner. Illustrated. 800 pp. Oxford University Press. $35. Dean Acheson was perhaps the most vilified secretary of state in modern American history. [snip] History has treated Acheson more kindly. Accolades for him have become bipartisan. Secretaries of state appointed by the party of his erstwhile tormentors have described him as a role model; Condoleezza Rice is the most recent example. Thirty-five years after his death, Acheson has achieved iconic status. This is all the more remarkable in view of his out-of-scale personality, so at odds with the present period,...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 9/30 - 10/1/06 (not the live thread)

    09/30/2006 12:34:14 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 68 replies · 1,465+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 9/30/06 | Network and Cable News
    Preview and analysis for Weekend Talk Shows, 9-30 and 10-1-06 It's week four (or 297, depending on how you figure it) of the WOB (war on Bush) and all things "Republi-fascist," as the drive by media might style what they're doing.  We've had a week of spin like we haven't seen since... well, since Clinton was in office.  All the old hateful and hate filled faces were back on the screaming head shows pulling their electrically powered rapid fire mouths back out of storage and plugging them in for one more go around of lies, screaming lies and videotape.  And...
  • Pope Receives Kissinger

    09/30/2006 7:04:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies · 1,057+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 29, 2006
    Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep. 29 ( Benedict XVI received Henry Kissinger, the former U.S. secretary of state, in a private audience at Castel Gandolfo, reported the Vatican. The Vatican press office did not issue any public statement on what was discussed during Thursday's meeting. Kissinger, who was Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977, also met with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and President Giorgio Napolitano during his weeklong visit to Rome. The German-born American diplomat served as national security advisor and later secretary of state during the presidency of Richard Nixon, a position he continued to hold during the...
  • How to make foreign policy

    09/27/2006 9:00:11 AM PDT · by qlangley · 155+ views ^ | 27 September 2006 | Quentin Langley
    There are numerous competing theories about the principles which should underlie foreign policy. Let us first dispose of one of the most despicable. It is represented in the UK by Clare Short and in the US by the more substantial figure of Bill Clinton. It seems to include virtually all the people who strongly advocated military action in the former Yugoslavia, but opposed the liberation of Kuwait, and/or the liberation of Iraq. Their analysis seems to go like this: Human rights are important. Human rights deserve to be defended. Sometimes the most egregious breaches of human rights demand the mobilisation...
  • The Pope and Kissinger Warn the World (Tony Blankley alert)

    09/20/2006 6:16:52 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 7 replies · 1,204+ views ^ | 9/20/2006 | Tony Blankley
    There is a historically fairly predictable pattern to the unfolding strategies and views of great wars. They often start with a morally ambiguous view of the enemy, a more limited conception of the war's magnitude and a restrained application of violent tactics. Eventually, moral clarity is obtained, war objectives expand -- often to grandiosity -- and tactics become ferocious. For example, at the start of our Civil War during the 1861 battle of First Manassas, spectators came out by carriage with picnic lunches to observe the event. By 1865, Gen. Sherman executed a campaign of civilian terror and material obliteration...
  • Kissinger warns of possible "war of civilizations"

    09/14/2006 6:04:43 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 95 replies · 2,991+ views ^ | Sep 13, 1:23 PM ET
    Kissinger warns of possible "war of civilizations" Wed Sep 13, 1:23 PM ET WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger warned that Europe and the United States must unite to head off a "war of civilizations" arising from a nuclear-armed Middle East. In an opinion column in the Washington Post, the renowned foreign policy expert said the potential for a "global catastrophe" dwarfed lingering transatlantic mistrust left over from the Iraq war. "A common Atlantic policy backed by moderate Arab states must become a top priority, no matter how pessimistic previous experience with such projects leaves one,"...
  • Father of ABC Politics Chief Halperin: Bush 'Far Greater Threat' Than Nixon

    07/16/2006 1:18:04 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies · 1,116+ views
    <p>Morton Halperin was once a name in the news. In 1969, then-National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger named Halperin to the NSA. But soon thereafter Kissinger suspected it was the dovish Halperin who leaked to the NY Times the fact that the US was secretly bombing Cambodia. The FBI began tapping his phone, and Halperin was soon gone from NSA. Perhaps Halperin's biggest claim to fame is the fact that Pres. Nixon put him on his 'Enemies List.' A red badge of courage, no pun intended, off which a person can no doubt eat for a lifetime in liberal circles.</p>
  • Weldon Questions Sestak’s Ties to Lobbyist (Spokesperson works for Sandy Berger) Able Danger

    05/08/2006 10:26:33 AM PDT · by americaprd · 16 replies · 2,533+ views
    Weldon Victory Committee (via email) ^ | 5/8/2006 | Weldon for Congress
    Media, Pa -- Michael Puppio, Delaware County Chairman of Congressman Curt Weldon’s reelection campaign, today questioned Democrat candidate Joe Sestak’s ties to Stonebridge International, a Washington, DC based consulting and lobbying firm. Sestak’s spokesperson Allison Price is the Director of Communications at the firm, which was founded by former Clinton Administration official Sandy Berger, who was convicted of mishandling and destroying classified evidence related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Allison Price, Sestak’s official campaign spokesperson, is listed on the lobbying and consulting firm’s website as its Director of Communications, which would seem to indicate a conflict of interest. Among its...
  • The Russian Evolution

    06/08/2006 5:13:50 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 228+ views ^ | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr
    Mr. Putin has been engaged in a "charm campaign," attempting to combat the criticism he has received of late for his "autocratic" behavior. Pursuant to this he had his visit with Mr. Kissinger, who believes in steady diplomatic engagement with such erstwhile hostile powers as Russia and China. Russia recently has sold arms to such unsavory regimes as those governing Syria and Venezuela. The Kremlin has gathered oil and gas production under government control. And it has appeared to suppress domestic freedoms, most notably freedom of the press. Hence those who recall Russia's long history under czars and communist tyrants...
  • '75 Kissinger memo discounted Israel

    05/27/2006 5:08:11 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 10 replies · 617+ views ^ | May 27, 2006 | Calvin Woodward
    '75 Kissinger memo discounted Israel By Calvin Woodward May 27, 2006 The United States reached out to hostile Arabs three decades ago with an offer to work toward making Israel a "small friendly country" of no threat to its neighbors and with an assurance to Iraq that the U.S. had stopped backing Kurdish rebels in the north. "We can't negotiate about the existence of Israel," then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told his Iraqi counterpart in a rare high-level meeting, "but we can reduce its size to historical proportions." A December 1975 memo detailing Mr. Kissinger's probing conversation with Foreign Affairs...
  • Kissinger told China communist takeover in Vietnam was acceptable: documents

    05/26/2006 5:48:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 71 replies · 2,157+ views ^ | May 26, 2006 | Calvin Woodward
    Canadian Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger quietly acknowledged to China in 1972 that Washington could accept a communist takeover of South Vietnam if that evolved after a withdrawal of U.S. troops - even as the war to drive back the Communists dragged on with mounting deaths. The late U.S. president Richard Nixon's envoy told Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai: "If we can live with a communist government in China, we ought to be able to accept it in Indochina." Kissinger's blunt remarks surfaced in a collection of papers from his years of diplomacy released Friday...
  • 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...