Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Phrase Of The Week.

I do not hold Kissinger in very high regard, but I give him credit where it is due--he is one of the true elders of world's foreign policy (he even appeared in Pink Floyd's visualization of The Dark Side Of The Moon) and he saw a lot. No one can take it from him and from his "brand" of realism (it is known fact that Brezhnev and Nixon were fairly good, if not friends, at least, partners). Kissinger also miscalculated dramatically on the outcome of the Cold War--it was USSR, not USA, which collapsed and none other than Elmo Zumwalt had issues with Kissinger's position on the issue of US decline, at least in 1970s. But, this old fox of world's politics delivered a striking accusation of the US suicidal policies this week in his interview to The National Interest:  

"Kissinger: If we treat Russia seriously as a great power, we need at an early stage to determine whether their concerns can be reconciled with our necessities. We should explore the possibilities of a status of nonmilitary grouping on the territory between Russia and the existing frontiers of NATO. The West hesitates to take on the economic recovery of Greece; it’s surely not going to take on Ukraine as a unilateral project. So one should at least examine the possibility of some cooperation between the West and Russia in a militarily nonaligned Ukraine. The Ukraine crisis is turning into a tragedy because it is confusing the long-range interests of global order with the immediate need of restoring Ukrainian identity. I favor an independent Ukraine in its existing borders. I have advocated it from the start of the post-Soviet period. When you read now that Muslim units are fighting on behalf of Ukraine, then the sense of proportion has been lost.
Heilbrunn: That’s a disaster, obviously.
Kissinger: To me, yes. It means that breaking Russia has become an objective; the long-range purpose should be to integrate it."

The rest is pretty much a derivative of that. Why and how so--is a separate issue, which is worth discussing, including these, oh ever so illusive, US "necessities", but give good ol' Henry high five here--he nailed it. The word is in the open, it is so much easier to speak about it now, after all Obama's neocon "girls" are not even in the same league (not even close) than Henry Kissinger, whether you like him or not. 

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