Some of you may not even remember former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who served in the Nixon Administration, but he was a bit of a gruff, accented mastermind who ran our foreign policy like few had done before or have done since. Dick Morris writes an opinion piece that captures his essence in an article titled: Kissinger: Trump’s Foreign Policy Style Is “Remarkable and New…People Need to Open Their Eyes”.
A quote from that piece:
Liberals and all who favor (Hillary) Clinton will never admit it. They will never admit that he is the one true leader. The man is doing changes like never before and does all of it for the sake of this nation’s people. After eight years of tyranny, we finally see a difference.
Every country now has to consider two things: One, their perception that the previous president, or the outgoing president, basically withdrew America from international politics, so that they had to make their own assessments of their necessities. And, secondly, that there is a new president who’s asking a lot of unfamiliar questions. And because of the combination of the partial vacuum and the new questions, one could imagine that something remarkable and new emerges out of it.
Trump puts America and its people first. This is why people love him and this is why he will remain in charge for so long. There is not a single thing wrong with him and people need to open their eyes.
Wow! This from a staid, cranky, old dude who called a spade a spade and who kept Nixon’s foreign policy on track in an era full of potential problems globally. Kissinger was a hard-nose who called them the way he saw them, without much concern for the ripples that might’ve created. His wisdom guided us ably.
If Henry Kissinger thinks we have a good new president, I will not work to dispute that take.
We benefit from history only if we will learn from that history. Our immediate past-President seemed to ignore lessons that were available for the taking since he was the new gift this country had been seeking for lo those many years. For Obama to be compared to Nixon by Kissinger must be a bit disconcerting to Obama; if it isn’t disconcerting to him, he ought to re-think a bit.
I think the not-so-subtle difference in this situation is actually quite simple: Nixon presided over the nation for the benefit of that nation and its people. I don’t think that was what drove Obama. To the contrary, I believe that Obama presided over the nation to change it to what he saw as the way our country ought to have been for a long time. Never mind that little oddity that this is the country that gave Obama the opportunity to be its president, and thus took him from, again I say it, being a nondescript back-bench, non-voting state senator in Springfield, IL to the Oval office.
Unfortunately, one of those two took the oath for the benefit of the country more than self, while the other took the oath for personal gain more than to benefit the country. That also explains the mealy-mouthed foreign policy we lived with and through under President Obama as contrasted with that of President Nixon who isn’t usually touted as one of our steller Oval office occupants.
Another quote from Kissinger’s time in office really sums it up:
The weak grow strong by effrontery. The strong grow weak through inhibition.
Dick Morris says about that:
No sentence better captures the U.S. – North Korea relationship.
So, we have President Trump who obviously says to North Korea’s dictator enough of your strongman stuff is enough. Launch your own destruction if you wish; get along with us if you behave. We’re prepared for either eventuality; it is your call.
Difficult times call for strong leaders. We have one, thankfully! A most pleasant change, I might add!