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June 01, 2007

Henry Kissinger Tells It Like It Is

From The Final Days:

Kissinger counseled his aides that deviousness was part of their job. "You systems-analysis people have too much integrity," he told one of them. "This is not an honorable business conducted by honorable men in an honorable way. Don't assume I'm that way and you shouldn't be."

From Woodward's recent book State of Denial:

A powerful, largely invisible influence on Bush's Iraq policy was former secretary of state Kissinger.

"Of the outside people that I talk to in this job," Vice President Cheney told me in the summer of 2005, "I probably talk to Henry Kissinger more than I talk to anybody else. He just comes by and, I guess at least once a month, Scooter [his then-chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby] and I sit down with him."

The president also met privately with Kissinger every couple of months, making him the most regular and frequent outside adviser to Bush on foreign affairs.

Posted at June 1, 2007 01:15 AM | TrackBack
Kissinger counseled his aides that deviousness was part of their job. "You systems-analysis people have too much integrity," he told one of them.

There it is. Thank you very much!

See, what we've been missing is the required follow-up to grand ideas. These current idiots think that hegemony just happens because we are right. Or because God loves us or blesses us or something to do with the innate goodness of values.

But Henry knew. When you see young staff doing honest work that leads to honest outcomes, they're doing it WRONGWRONGWRONG! And he steps in and mentors as required. Stop doing the right sh*t and start getting the right outcome.

Kudos Henry. Kudos. If only the current staff stock was more about results and less about ideology we'd have happier citizens.

Posted by: Ted at June 1, 2007 08:52 AM

Kissinger is a sore loser, simple and plain. He spent the better part of three years getting his ass kicked in the Cold War, then takes it out on Chile of all palces. Henry Kissinger is a child. Literally. There's confirmed, credible evidence of the fact.

I refer all who post here today to the writings of John Stockwell, that is, if you don't believe me. BTW don't buy his books, all proceeds go into the CIAs' coffer now.

Posted by: at June 1, 2007 09:22 AM

Don't you want to know just how Henry der K "influenced" Cheney and the young Bush royal? What did he say or convey that affected their thinking or actions? Cheney didn't need lessons from Henry in not being honorable; he had that down pat before he became the power behind W's throne. I stand with Hitchens in his take on our very dear own Strangelove, but aren't his Metternichian power dreams a bit too much for the frat boy? Didn't the frat boy want a scalp after 9-11 to show how much tougher he was than Papa, and with Osama out of reach, Saddam turned into "it."
The WaPost publishes a Henry "thing" quarterly. Always sounds like a bad translation from German.Probably is. But who you gonna listen to when it comes to, er, foreign policy? The critics turn critics only after they've left the corridors of power: Zbig, Ross et al.

Posted by: donescobar at June 1, 2007 09:24 AM

This is an interesting look into the minds of people who believe they are realists. Of course the real reality is that they are just ugly, ugly people. All three of them Bush, Kissinger, and Cheney are responsible for a multitude of death and destruction, a reality of their own making. The stench of their existence envelops the entire planet and Mr. Nobel Peace Prize believes integrity is a fantasy only for fools but that is only because he has none himself.

Posted by: rob payne at June 1, 2007 09:29 AM

That is exactly why Kissinger is a child. He actually believes anyone cares about what he actually thinks. I am nary a peon in the world and at least know as much to be false.

He's a hundred years old and still a child...

"Only in America, baby!" - Don King.

Donnie: You just don't know how right you were with that one.

Posted by: at June 1, 2007 09:36 AM

Kissinger, just another war criminal with some bad advice.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 1, 2007 11:00 AM

"You systems-analysis people have too much integrity..."

Compare this to the senior Bushite (Rove?) who derided the 'reality-based community' for playing catch-up with reality-creating imperialists like himself.

What they have in common; the worship of deceit.

Posted by: paradoctor at June 2, 2007 04:19 PM