Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger warned of the dangers of the US policy toward Russia and China in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that was published on Friday.
“We are at the edge of war with Russia and China on issues which we partly created, without any concept of how this is going to end or what it’s supposed to lead to,” Kissinger said.
The 99-year-old former diplomat warned against changing policy toward Taiwan as Washington has been increasing support for the island, drawing the ire of China.
“The policy that was carried out by both parties has produced and allowed the progress of Taiwan into an autonomous democratic entity and has preserved peace between China and the US for 50 years,” he said. “One should be very careful, therefore, in measures that seem to change the basic structure.”
Kissinger made headlines back in May when he suggested at an address to the World Economic Forum that Ukraine should cede territory to Russia to achieve peace. He told the Journal that the US made a mistake in promising a future NATO membership to Ukraine, a position he has long held.
He said that he believed Poland and other “traditional Western countries” were logical NATO members but said Ukraine was different because many of its territories are historically Russian. “I was in favor of the full independence of Ukraine, but I thought its best role was something like Finland,” he said.
Kissinger’s overall message was that the US needs to accept that there must be “equilibrium” in the world. He said one aspect of equilibrium requires a “balance of power, with an acceptance of the legitimacy of sometimes opposing values.”
Kissinger is most infamously known for his role in leading the secret US bombing of Cambodia and Laos as President Nixon’s national security advisor. He also played a major role in opening up with China by making a secret trip to the country in 1971, one year before Nixon shook hands with Mao Zedong.
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When Kissinger becomes the voice of reason it indicates the course of US foreign policy has gone off the rails. It is interesting that after Kissinger gave his remarks at the WEF the forum put forward George Soros who gave an unhinged speech on how the war of Ukraine should be escalated the next day. This war and this deranged confrontational foreign policy is extremely important to western billionaires.
Where is this rant? I always thought Soros was the silent money guy/plutocrat/oligarch.
It was on May 25th at the WEF when he went off—-the day after Kissinger’s speech. Soros’ speech was “Russia, China, and the Fight for Our Lives.” I imagined that Soros only expended that level of anger at one of his servant class who was slow to bring him his latte’.
I enjoyed the chuckle…
Soros is the just front man for the privately owned central banking dynasty.
At the age of 99 Henry Kissinger is not senile and has a lot of wisdom he did not have 50 years ago, if Biden had gained only a fraction of wisdom during his years in congress and as VP the world would be much better of.
What we have is a delusional, senile old man with terrible advisers he appointed.
You are correct about Kissinger & Biden. He shows himself to be far more enlightened now than 50yrs ago. Biden has not. Scranton Joe is still using political office to pan for gold. And gold miners aren’t driven mad by the work. They’re driven mad by the greed.
The only two Diplomats alive to day who are adults in a world of childish posers, Henry Kissinger and Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov!
I wouldn’t use Kissinger and diplomat within the same sentence.
How about schemer?
I would like to know how Kissinger’s brainchild, the WEF, plays a role?
How about war criminal, but he’s absolutely right about this?
I still wouldn’t call him a diplomat.
Modern US Warmongering Is Scaring Henry Kissinger
Kissinger is correct to argue that a diplomatic solution to avoid world war is the only way of avoiding that apocalyptic cataclysm. It appears, even at this late hour, the warnings of history are not being heeded.
If anyone should know, it certainly must be Kissinger. Though I must admit that reading such remarks is giving me a ton of flashbacks…
It looks like he mellowed with age and has wisdom he could not and did not have when he was younger. The current president is really unfit for the office. But there is no really qualified person there to replace him. Harris and Pelosi, what a nightmare.
Reagan had Alzheimer disease, but at least he could keep up appearances and had a more competent administration.
The Biden neocons are punks.
China: Will it now Toss Caution to the Wind? Alastair Crooke.
The Pelosi visit to Taiwan and subsequent visits by American politicos to Taipei has reset Beijing’s geopolitical calculus.
For better or for worse?…
The US doesn’t have the edge in conventional infantry and artillery capabilities. I don’t envision how mutual missile salvos will end without nuclear strikes. it may not come to that.
I fully anticipate global financial markets to roil before a military confrontation presents itself. I could be incorrect. So could numerous a US military and state department strategic planner as well as the Kagan family.
One must underestimate the degree.that Racism.plays in American policy.When balanced with Capitalism,Imperialism and the financial imperatives of Militarism the message is clear Bombs away start getting.ready to duck.Because of.the Russian subs on the East Coast.and the Chinese weapons on the West Coast the USis in a very precarious.position.but I am sure their arrogance will.prevent them from.seeing thus.
It would appear that the US and China are on an unavoidable collision course for.control of the future.How it will.end is anybody guess My take is the US will not take losing very well given their history of White Supremacy.Takeing it in the chops from a bunch of little yellow men would be very.unamerican.
You do not start something if you can not finished.
Biden specialised starting but it’s unfamiliar with finishing, although he is very keen to shake hands with people are not there.
We newer knew that,we would be happy to stick with Trump after voting for this old fool. Bring Trump back,liest he was entertaining us with his childish bullshits.
An amoral butcher is urging caution and recalibration, what else do u need to see how unhinged us policy has become.
Brzezinski and Kissinger, Polish and German, neoconservatism and realism, have been the dialectical poles of post-war Washington imperialism since the ’60’s. David Rockefeller godfather’d both, but abandoned Henry with the liquidation of the IndoChina War and its rationale, Containment. To succeed he founded, the Trilateral Commission, and awarded Brzezinski the ascendancy. Fifty years on we’ve arrived to almost the inevitable hour with the tension become almost unbearable as we watch and wait and wonder will the Neocon nerve hold, … and what will be our fate.
War is the continuation of politics with additional means (the correct translation of Clausewitz).
The choice between diplomacy and war then is the choice of whether or not to cross that line.
Even the old warmonger Kissinger is now saying, “No, no, don’t cross that line.”
But Biden (Blinken and team) want to leap across that line in a couple three different places all at the same time. Fools, or worse.
Fools (and a—holes)…
A 99 year old Kissinger is worried about the world. Do our politicians? Obviously not. We just sent more weapons to prolong bloodshed and destructions in Ukraine and now am provoking China for the same thing to happen to Taiwan.
In the meantime, our media have sycophantic mouse pieces of the MIC… How many hawkish articles have you read that cited either the Ukrainian government or an MIC funded “think tank” as the only source? Stop the MIC and try to live in peace.
Oh my. Henry the K’s starting to sound like Tulsi Gabbard. I wonder when Willard Romney’s going to call Henry the K a traitor.
No need to deify Kissinger for his remarks. He is simply stating what almost all of us believe: stop poking Russia and China in the eyes. The U.S. is playing with fire here, and we will all pay a heavy price even if it does not result in war.
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