Accuracy in Media

Former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger’s new book World Order is getting lots of favorable press and publicity. Our media treat him as something approaching royalty, with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria calling him “the elder statesman of American diplomacy.” He certainly has been around a long time. But has Kissinger been right or wrong about the major foreign policy issues of our time?

You may remember that Kissinger in 2009 insisted that President Obama could create a New World Order and that he had a good foreign policy team. He made these comments on CNBC during a “celebration” of 30 years of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China.

Bill Gertz’s book, The China Threat, explained how Kissinger “played the key role” in the talks that led President Nixon in 1972 to establish informal ties with China, that ultimately led to formal diplomatic relations in 1979. Kissinger insisted that China had abandoned communism, and was no longer a threat.

The threat from China is growing daily. The new book, The Russia-China Axis: The New Cold War and America’s Crisis of Leadership, by Douglas E. Schoen and Melik Kaylan, examines some recent developments. As noted by analyst Toby Westerman, however, Russia and China actually declared their own version of a “New World Order” in 1997.

A recent article in the Bejing Review, “An Evolving Partnership,” goes back even further, noting that China and Russia signed a joint statement on “the foundation for bilateral ties” in 1992, and established a “partnership of strategic coordination” in 1996.

After that, the author notes:

  • In 2001, China and Russia signed the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation.
  • In February 2013, China and Russia signed a joint statement to “deepen their comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination,” thereby “bringing bilateral relationship to an unprecedented level.”

Emphasizing that Russia and China currently enjoy a “very high level of relations characterized as [a] strategic partnership,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Russia and China are expected to sign more than 40 “very important bilateral documents” this week, on the occasion of the 19th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers.

Today, Russia, China, Brazil, South Africa and India are members of the BRICS alliance of nations, which is designed to undermine U.S. economic, financial, and military dominance in the world.

A proposed Russia-South Africa nuclear deal has gotten the attention of South African Democracy Alliance leader Helen Zille, who says, “President [Jacob] Zuma has been to Russia on numerous occasions over the past 18 months. What were the details of these visits? Why were they so secretive? And why has Zuma clearly given preferential access to himself for the Russians, in the absence of witnesses or experts in nuclear energy? What are the incentives attached?”

Zuma, like his predecessors, was (or still is) a member of the South African Communist Party, brought to power through the African National Congress (ANC) with the support of the Soviet Union and Communist China.

Henry Kissinger’s speaking appearance on Wednesday at a meeting of the U.S.-Russia Business Council in New York City is more evidence of how “the elder statesman” has been wrong about key developments.

Zakaria’s CNN show has reported that Kissinger’s firm, Kissinger Associates, Inc., does business in Russia, while Bill Gertz has said that Kissinger used “his extensive access to Chinese leaders to help his consulting business flourish.”

The firm, however, has no website and its complete client list is secret. In 2002, as he was facing questions about potential conflicts of interest, Kissinger resigned as chairman of the September 11th commission. His personal website notes affiliations with think tanks and some companies.

He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for his work on the so-called Vietnam Peace Accords that ultimately resulted in a communist takeover of Vietnam and the genocide in neighboring Cambodia, after a liberal U.S. Congress voted to defund the anti-communist war effort. The communist North Vietnamese had been armed by China and the Soviet Union.

Kissinger wrote the foreword to the 2002 book, The New Russian Diplomacy, by Russian official Igor S. Ivanov, in which Kissinger discussed how Russia and the U.S. “have a rare opportunity to work together in building a new international system.”

During one of several meetings they have held together, Russian President Vladimir Putin said of Kissinger, “We have a very old, friendly relationship.” Kissinger and former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov chaired a working group on U.S.-Russian relations in 2007. The following year, Russia invaded Georgia, a former Soviet republic.

Nevertheless, even after the invasion of Ukraine, Kissinger remains in Putin’s camp, telling Zakaria on CNN on September 14 that “one has to understand that for Russia, Ukraine can never be just another country. It is believed that Ukraine is an integral part of the Russian patrimony.” In other words, under Russia’s control.

There goes the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, guaranteed by Moscow in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.

Kissinger told Zakaria that he proposes “some initiative from the White House for a quiet dialogue with Putin about where we are both trying to go…” The word “quiet” means keeping the details of the sell-out from the American people.

But much is being done out in the open. The corporate sponsors of the U.S.-Russia Business Council meeting are some of the biggest names, including ExxonMobil, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Ford, BP, Caterpillar, Chevron, Citi, Alcoa, Pfizer, Visa and Coca-Cola.

Kissinger has been consistently wrong about world events, and his mistakes have already cost the United States dearly. Our enemies and adversaries are on the march.

Yet, The New York Times notes that his new book contains “no direct criticism of the Obama administration…” Perhaps Kissinger is continuing to advise Obama’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Washington Post asked Mrs. Clinton to review the book. She wrote, “Kissinger is a friend, and I relied on his counsel when I served as secretary of state. He checked in with me regularly, sharing astute observations about foreign leaders and sending me written reports on his travels.”

It’s no wonder we are losing.

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  • marlene

    One of the first globalists to come out of the closet to screw us all. He’s evil.

  • Tony Boone

    Kissinger’s “mistakes” would only be mistakes if he were actually attempting to promote the best interests of the United States–something that I do not believe is the case.

  • stlouisix

    Per the Vietnam War Vets that I know, the North Vietnamese knew they
    were beaten before Kissinger’s negotiations gave them an out to secure
    victory from the jaws of defeat. – Vietnam War Navy Veteran

  • Capnmikey

    He sold out South Vietnam in 1973, and hardly raised his voice when the North attacked and overran the South and America turned tail and ran! (after Senators Kennedy and Kerrie cut off their funds!)Two million of our former allies in Cambodia and Vietnam were slaughtered by the NVA. He is a communist traitor and has been since the end of WW II, where he was a Jewish Nazi turn coat! Our State Department has been selling us out since 1949, and millions of people have been killed by the communists. When will we wake up??

  • Carl Olson

    Accounts of Henry Kissinger need to include these two things:

    1. For the past 40 years he has been a private lobbyist for governments and
    individuals (Kissinger Associates). His client list should be disclosed when
    he is introduced, so that the public can evaluate what special interests he

    2. As Secretary of State for Gerald Ford he initiated the giveaway of 7
    US/Alaskan islands to the Soviets. He accepted secretly the invasion of
    US/Alaskan Arctic Wrangell Island by the Soviets. This occupation continues to
    this day. See

    Carl Olson
    Chairman, State Department Watch
    P. O. Box 6012
    Woodland Hills, CA 91365

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Kissinger believes in the hegelian-dialectic approach, using dialogue to consolidate nations under regional unions, which will then be amalgamated into a one world government. Kissinger’s platitude is along the lines of the whole world coming to together by abandoning our principles and embracing what we have in common for the sake of relationship or getting along. The problem is that communist countries like China do not believe in morality. So in order to unite the world, all peoples must embrace what we have in common. The only thing man has in common around the world is sin. So world government is being built on the convergence of world sin. In fact, they’ve had to promote immorality in America just to get us to a level, where we could come and sit at the world table. Kissinger wrote in a Wall Street Journal Op-ed in August that he lauded the success of regional unions and cautioned that fundamentalists were a threat. The fundamentalist christian, for example, is enemy #1, because a fundamentalist will not abandon principle, i.e. obedience to God (see ‘unalienable Rights’ in the declaration of Independence, how our country was founded) for the sake of world immorality. I think he thinks he is a god, he is a good candidate for anti-christ, because the anti-christ will be a Jew. (Disclaimer: That is bible. I’m not an anti-semite, I support Israel.)

  • Goldcoaster

    Council on Foreign Relations playbook – always back both sides, make money no matter what.

  • Taurnil Oronar

    Way back when, when Kissigner came onto the scene he struck me as a traitor to my country, that has not changed.

  • Taurnil Oronar

    Over the years especially when the media was giving him a lot of air time, not once did I ever get a sense from his words he had the interest of my country on his mind.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Henry Kissinger’s polit­i­cal gen­e­sis is to be found at the nexus of the U.S./Nazi post­war collusion.
    . . .Kissinger was recruited as a pro­fes­sional spy for Dulles shortly after the end of the war in Europe. Although there is no evi­dence that he per­son­ally recruited Nazis, Kissinger ran the intel­li­gence file room where records of Nazi recruit­ment were kept. He then trans­ferred to Har­vard where he spe­cial­ized in recruit­ing for­eign stu­dents for espi­onage. Later he worked for Dulles dur­ing the glory days of Office of Pol­icy Coor­di­na­tion (OPC). He was hired as a con­sul­tant for a pri­vate group known as Oper­a­tions Research Office, which planned to use for­mer Nazis as agents behind Russ­ian lines in the event of World War III. Men­tion of Kissinger’s clas­si­fied work was cen­sored from the orig­i­nal man­u­script of this book. . .

  • American Kulak

    I see Ciff Kincaid is trying to suppress my comments about his record as a CIA front snake oil salesman as a protege of that cocaine trafficking perjurer Col. (USMC ret) Ollie North, his shilling for Oathbreaking traitors at the top of the NSA who’ve been spying on American patriots, and pathetic attempts to bash Matt Drudge.

  • 6Kiazer6Souze6

    They made a movie about him titled “Doctor Strangelove.”