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Wise Advice for a New Era

KissBrzezScow2Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinki, Brent Scowcroft, Charlie Rose

Washington Post commentary:

"The international system is in a period of change like we haven't seen for several hundred years" because of the declining power of nation-states, said Kissinger (left), who was secretary of state under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. "We are used to dealing with problems that have a solution," but Americans have to realize that "we're at the beginning of a long period of adjustment."

Brzezinski (center) described the changes taking place as a global political awakening: "The world is much more restless. It's stirring. It has aspirations which are not easily satisfied. And if America is to lead, it has to relate itself somehow to these new, lively, intense political aspirations, which make our age so different from even the recent past." Brzezinski served as national security adviser for President Jimmy Carter.

In this new, "very different world," explained Scowcroft (right), "the traditional measures of strength don't really apply so much. . . . It's a world where most of the big problems spill over national boundaries, and there are new kinds of actors and we're feeling our way as to how to deal with them." Scowcroft was national security adviser for Presidents Ford and George H.W. Bush.

It's ironic that all the US's efforts to create global hegemony has accomplished is to shatter the world into smaller and smaller pieces.

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Comments (3)

Steve Crickmore:

Kissinger: We are used to dealing with problems that have a solution," ..We know what solution Kissinger's has always publicly advocated, supporting- the bloody coup in Chile by Pinochet in 1971, operation Condor and the generals 'dirty war' in Argentina in the mid 70's, the illegal invasion of East Timor of Suharto in 1975, the bombing of Cambodia in 1969~70 (the list and harm done by Dr K. is almost endless) Kissinger's defence of the milions of civilians that have killed and in many cases massacred, as a result of his policies that he has seen executed "First of all, human rights were not an international issue at the time, the way they have become since. That was not what diplomats and secretaries of state and presidents were saying generally to anybody in those days"..No kidding, especially by Kissinger himself.

Now, Dr. K. says America needs to be less arrogant.(as a result of Iraq not what happened in Latin America or Asia) It's a pity for the world, you weren't listening to your critics more than 35 years ago who were talking of human rights and the arrogance of American foreign policy in the Third World. Now that Kissinger has discovered modesty and and questions the efficacy of supporting authoritarian rulers we are supposed to take his piety seriously...when he actively persecuted those who said that same thing when he was Secretary of State in the Nixon and Ford administrations.

Paul Hamilton:

I'm not saying this to excuse Kissinger, but he was a product of his times. During the cold war, anything and everything was tolerated to defeat the Soviets. All over the world there were THEIR dictators and OUR dictators. THEIR revolutionaries and OUR freedom fighters.

I'm glad that he's gotten more wise with the passing years, but the damage is done. South America is still reeling from the policies he created.

Steve Crickmore:

Paul, when I said you in my comment I met Kissinger and I realize it was the linked, 'Washington Post' story that was the source...Certainly Kissinger excused lot of actions because of the overall polarity of the world, but personally he ordered the illegal wiretapping of his assitant National Security staff member Morton Halperin,( primarily for personal reasons)and on asked
"Why did you support the Iraq war?" by former speech writer Gerson

"Because Afghanistan wasn't enough," Kissinger answered. In the conflict with radical Islam, he said, they want to humiliate us. "And we need to humiliate them."

I always thought the first step to wisdom was overcoming vengeance.


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