Thursday, November 30, 2023

Henry Kissinger – 1923-2023

Tributes are pouring in for the former Secretary of State and national security advisor Henry Kissinger who has died at the age of 100.

Please don’t expect one from me.  He may have able to get Nixon to China and negotiated the end of the war in Vietnam, but the path is strewn with death and destruction, including the carpet bombing of Cambodia that led to the demonstrations against the war in May 1970 and the murders at Kent State, and the coup in Chile that overthrew Salvador Allende.  His philosophy was to, in his words, look at “the big picture” and see how his diplomacy with China, for example, rattled the Soviets.  But he didn’t seem to care about the people who lived outside of the halls of power or ranked on his dating Rolodex.

He may have changed the world, but that’s not always a good thing.

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