An Old Man Desperate to Get Into Heaven
- Former US Secretary of State and all-around awful creature Henry Kissinger has called for Ukraine to cede territory to Russia to end the war.
- Kissinger reminded Europe that Russia’s been integral to its history for the last 400 years.
- He also said, “I hope the Ukrainians will match the heroism they have shown with wisdom.”
Happy Hump Day!
This piece may be the most surprising in a week of insane news.
Henry Kissinger, Warmonger Extraordinaire, wants Ukraine to pay an arm and a leg for peace, so to speak.
When I think of Kissinger, I’m reminded of Gene Hackman’s Lex Luthor proclaiming himself, “The greatest criminal mind of our time!”
Philosopher-Truck Driver John Ring never had a kind word for him.
“Goddamn Kissinger…” he’d murmur, sotto voce, whenever he saw the statesman on television.
By the time I could remember anything, Kissinger was no longer Nixon’s and Ford’s National Security Advisor and Secretary of State.
He’d already lined up a queue of questionable clients for his firm, Kissinger Associates.
Kissinger was – and is – paid handsomely to make the right phone calls.
From his time as a Harvard professor, through his DC career, to playing private concierge to the world’s tyrants, Kissinger had burnished his reputation as the most powerful statesman of his era.
Along with Machiavelli, Jay, Castlereagh, Talleyrand, and Metternich, perhaps Kissinger is one of the most famous diplomats of all time.
I don’t mind Kissinger’s insistence on realpolitik. But his means didn’t justify the ends.
I’m sure the man has more blood on his hands than he’d care to remember.
Kissinger is a State-Sanctioned Butcher
The late, great Christopher Hitchens wrote a book titled, The Trial of Henry Kissinger.
It’s a scathing review of Kissinger’s career and echoes many criticisms of previous Kissinger biographers like Seymour Hersh.
Niall Ferguson, a historian and author I greatly admire, disagrees with Hitchens and Hersh.
But as Ferguson’s biography of Kissinger doesn’t cover his DC years, I’ll have to go with Hitch’s interpretation.
Let’s get through some of Hitch’s extensive laundry list of Kissinger’s questionable – my word, not his – actions.
In 1968, Kissinger was working as an expert on Vietnam for the US negotiation team during the Paris peace talks.
During the talks, Hitchens alleges Kissinger was feeding Republican Presidential hopeful Richard Nixon inside information on the progress of the deals, even though he was working for President Lyndon Johnson.
Kissinger hoped that, if the talks failed, Nixon would stand a strong chance of winning the next election.
Although Kissinger was guaranteed a job in the next Democratic administration – Johnson wouldn’t seek re-election – he thought he could get a better position in a Nixon administration.
As a result, the war raged on for many more years.
Then, as National Security Advisor, Kissinger was involved in Operation Speedy Express and Operation Menu.
Operation Speedy Express deliberately targeted civilians, making it a war crime.
Operation Menu bombarded targets in Cambodia and Laos, two countries with which the US wasn’t at war. This breached international law and hence, should be considered a war crime as well.
Nearly 1 million people died in Cambodia and Laos due to Operation Menu.
I’ve written before in this newsletter about The Hundred Year Marathon by Michael Pillsbury.
In it, Pillsbury alleges that Nixon didn’t so much go to China as dupe Kissinger into gifting the Chinese loads of tech in exchange for an alliance with the Soviet Union.
From an earlier Rude:
To get China away from the Soviet Union, Henry Kissinger gifted them a ton of US technology.
China would probably still be in mud huts right now if Henry Kissinger didn’t give him a 50-year leap forward, thanks to the tech he passed them on behalf of the American people.
Kissinger did this, ostensibly, because he wanted to get China away from the Soviet Union to split the Maoists and the Marxists.
Fast forward to 2020. You can see just how well that strategy worked.
Hitchens alleges (at the time of his book’s publication) that helping American companies to get a hold of China’s market is one of Kissinger Associates’ primary sources of income.
Kissinger Associates, Inc. is a New York City-based international geopolitical consulting firm founded and run by Henry Kissinger in 1982.
The firm advises clients on government relations.
If you work for Kissinger, you’re never allowed to divulge clients’ names.
And if you’re one of Kissinger’s clients, you’re never allowed to acknowledge the relationship.
This secrecy forced Kissinger to step down from his position as chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission).
Congressional Democrats insisted that Kissinger disclose the names of clients.
Kissinger and President Bush claimed that such disclosures were unnecessary, but Kissinger stepped down anyway, citing conflicts of interest.
It’s frightening that his conflicts prohibited him from looking into terrorist attacks on his home turf.
So successful is the Kissinger Associates model former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair tried to copy it.
Though “45 Minutes” Tony is also a warmongering liar, he’s made a ton of money – though probably not as much as the big man himself.
Kissinger Wants to Go to Heaven
I could talk about Kissinger’s further misdeeds in Bangladesh, Chile, and East Timor, but I’m running out of road.
Or how he is the brains behind the World Economic Forum.
But it was with a rye smile I discovered Kissinger is doing an Oscar Wilde.
Like Wilde and his deathbed conversion to Catholicism, the 98-year-old Kissinger is starting to worry about the next world.
For the first time in his 98 years slithering on this planet, Henry A. Kissinger calls for peace!
Kissinger Thinks the West Has Gone Too Far
In a speech that nearly floored me, Kissinger said:
Negotiations need to begin in the next two months before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome.
Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante. Pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself.
Doubtless, ace neocon Victoria Nuland hit the roof.
Parties should be brought to peace talks within the next two months. Ukraine should’ve been a bridge between Europe and Russia, but now, as the relationships are reshaped, we may enter a space where the dividing line is redrawn and Russia is entirely isolated.
We are facing a situation now where Russia could alienate itself completely from Europe and seek a permanent alliance elsewhere. This may lead to Cold War-like diplomatic distances, which will set us back decades. We should strive for long-term peace.
Considering this, here are my questions:
Thirty years ago, why didn’t we either shut down NATO or integrate Russia into it?
Why wasn’t Russia ever considered for EU membership?
Why wasn’t the West clear with Ukraine on how far its integration could go?
If Kissinger contradicts every Western leader, does this signal a policy change?
How can Western leaders backtrack without completely losing face?
Realpolitik has reared its head once again.
Was Kissinger asked to make this speech to encourage cooler heads to prevail?
Did he realize his proteges have completely screwed up?
Or was this an old man genuinely trying to do the right thing?
It’s not for me to decide who gets through the Pearly Gates.
Only St Peter gets to do that.
But if old Henry ever approaches the Great Bouncer in the Sky, I’m not sure an old-fashioned backhander will do.
If I were him, I’d back up the Brinks truck.
All the best,