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October 01, 2008

Republican Foreign Policy Experts for Obama
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

I mean seriously why is Henry Kissinger supporting McCain?  Why are any of these guys?  On Iran and Russia their views are completely antithetical to his.  Here is the latest in an op-ed from Kissinger and George Schultz.

There is no danger of general war today. But there is the risk that a conflict arising out of ancestral passions in the Caucasus will be treated as a metaphor for a larger conflict, threatening the imperative of building a new international order in a world of globalization, nuclear proliferation, ethnic conflicts and technological revolution.

The presence of Russian troops on the territory of a state newly independent from the old Soviet empire was bound to send tremors through all the other countries that established themselves after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

This has evoked a rhetoric of confrontation, reciprocal threats and retaliatory countermeasures: American naval forces have been in the Black Sea; Russian military and economic capability has been displayed in the Caribbean as if from a 19th-century balance-of-power playbook.

The Georgian crisis is cited as proof that Vladimir Putin's Russia is committed to a strategy of unraveling the post-Soviet international order in Europe. A strategy of isolating Russia has been advocated in response. The United States and Russia had been without high-level contact since early August until a recent meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Non-governmental contacts have been curtailed.

This drift toward confrontation needs to be ended.

This doesn't really jive well with the whole "we are all Georgians now."


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Foreign policy experts of both parties have a professional and egotistical reason to support the people who they think will pay attention to them if they win. Kissinger has little reason to think that Obama will seek out his advice over the many democratic foreign policy advisors, but may have a chance to be important to McCain should he win. It might be noble and self-sacrificing for Kissinger to support Obama at the expense of his access to the White House in the future, but does anyone really expect him to display those qualities?

The reason why that Kissinger supports McCain and dialoge with Iran is that he wants some reapproachment with Iran but with the illusion of American strength. This view of Kissinger's policy is best seen in Jeffre Kimball's "Nixon's Wars," and Ned Lebow and Jan Gross Stein's "We all lost the Cold War." Kissinger believed that one could talk to adversariers but also act like a madman in order to get concessiions. This explain the bombing of North Vietnam in 1972-73, which is described in Kimball's book or America going on a nuclear alert during the Yom Kippur War which is written about in the Lebow and Stein book. In both of these cases, Kissinger thought that he could gain concessions by scaring the Russians. But as Kimball, Lebow and Stein wrote these efforts ended up backfiring.

"...why is Henry Kissinger supporting McCain?"

That is such a strange question to be asking. Hello? McCain gets his foreign policy advice from Palin. You'd think Kissinger had his head on straight and got her counsel too.

For instance:

Palin knows: "...As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go?"

"It's Alaska." Hello?

Don't cha know: "It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state."

So, now you know, Alaska is where they send those out! Anymore questions?

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