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Henry Kissinger

Yellow Ribbons and Endless War

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Our official policy is endless bombing, endless war. No matter how much suffering it causes and no matter how poorly it serves any rational objectives, our official response to geopolitical trouble of every sort is to bomb it into compliance with our alleged interests.

How Air Strikes Fail and Why Washington Never Notices

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In these years, air power has, in fact, been closely associated with one fiasco or policy disappointment after another. To take a single recent example: President Obama began his "no boots on the ground" air campaign against ISIS and its "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq in September 2014.

Kissinger, the Bombardier: How Diplomacy by Air Power Became an All-American Tradition

Greg Grandin | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Greg Grandin

Henry Kissinger is, of course, not singularly responsible for the evolution of the U.S. national security state into a monstrosity. That state has had many administrators. But his example has coursed through the decades, shedding a spectral light on the road that has brought us to a state of eternal war.

WATCH: Was Young Kissinger An Idealist?

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 10.15.2015 | World

If you look closely at Henry Kissinger’s senior thesis at Harvard and his early writings when he was far from the realms of power, would you co...

Putin's Airstrikes on Syria Are Not What You Think

Said Elias Dawlabani | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Said Elias Dawlabani

Since Russian President Vladamir Putin began his military air campaign in Syria last week, Western media has been clamoring to explain his motivation. Most of the analysis so far has been incomplete or half-baked at best.

Kissinger Revisited

Michael Brenner | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The more cutting debate about Kissinger and his works has to do with his conduct rather than his philosophy.

The Carnation Revolution: A Peaceful Coup in Portugal

ADST | Posted 09.28.2015 | World

On April 25, 1974, Portugal experienced a coup like no other. In an era characterized by the clash of ideologies and power players, the nearly bloodless revolution became known as the Carnation Revolution.

President Donald Trump Holds First News Conference

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 09.30.2015 | Comedy
Arnold Steinberg

My lawyer is Jewish. I like Jews. Many of them, just like the Saudis, buy apartments from me. I can unite Jews and Arabs. I know how to do it! And the biggest Chinese bank is one of my tenants. I love the Chinese. They love me. Mel Gibson has a Trump condo, but many Jews work for me. Ivanka works for me. I love Israel.

Henry the K and Me

Nick Turse | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

I once listened to the man who helped prolong the Vietnam War for half a decade declare that its "tragedy" lay in the fact "that the faith of Americans in each other became destroyed in the process."

Debacle, Inc.: How Henry Kissinger Helped Create Our 'Proliferated' World

Greg Grandin | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Greg Grandin

The 92-year-old Kissinger has a long history of involvement in Iran and his recent opposition to Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal, while relatively subdued by present Washington standards, matters. In it lies a certain irony, given his own largely unexamined record in the region.

KENTPRESENTS Provocative Topics
Summer School Vacation

Sharon Hoge | Posted 09.21.2015 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Normally the Kent School campus bustles with students of high school age but for two and a half days this summer the students were adults spending "vacation" days studying "What Comes Next" at the KentPresents ideas forum wrangling with subjects from cybersecurity to cancer to criminal justice.

Opening the Books on the Cold War

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 09.09.2015 | World
José Ramos-Horta

The Broncos, widely used in the Vietnam war, were delivered to Indonesia in 1977-1978, when the slaughter of the Timorese civilian population was at its worst. Torture and mass executions were commonplace. Political prisoners were dropped live from helicopters; entire villages purposely starved to death and more. Most Americans are little aware of either of these events.

Trump Excels at Business, But He Has No Business in International Politics

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Shammas

Business isn't simple; foreign policy isn't either. If Trump wants to be taken seriously by the general electorate, he should demonstrate the nuanced understanding of foreign policy exemplified by candidates ranging from Jeb Bush to Hillary Clinton.

Wordsmithing in the Fires of Olympus: Writing Speeches for Henry Kissinger

ADST | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

Words are the tools of diplomacy. When done well, high-flung rhetoric can help define an era. With a foreign policy doyen like Henry Kissinger, the stakes were even higher, as he viewed speeches as not just a means to enunciate existing policy, but an opportunity to create new policy.

How Donald Trump May Just Rescue the Republican Party

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Ali A. Rizvi

If anything, Trump is possibly the most liberal conservative the GOP has seen in decades.

The 1975 AIA Building Hostage Crisis in Kuala Lumpur

ADST | Posted 08.06.2015 | World

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

Kissinger and Lord in China: A How-To Guide for Secret Negotiations

ADST | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

At the height of the Cold War, with the death toll mounting in Vietnam and the split between the USSR and China becoming more and more evident, it became clear to the Nixon Administration that ending the war in Vietnam and opening relations with China could be a two-front victory.

Here Is the Way Forward for Troubled China-U.S. Relations

Fu Ying | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Fu Ying

BEIJING -- I just returned from a trip to the United States during which I met with some U.S. lawmakers and esteemed professors, touched base with seven think tanks and talked to a number of media professionals. It struck me that their views toward China are diversified and their signals mixed. In my view, China watchers in the U.S. can be divided roughly into three schools of thought.

Daniel Marans

Some Countries Henry Kissinger Won't Be Visiting For His 92nd Birthday | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

As Henry Kissinger turns 92, the former uber-diplomat still enjoys international prestige for his many career accomplishments. Still, there are wide a...

Is China's Choice to Submit to the U.S. or Challenge It?

Fu Ying | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Fu Ying

Is the prevalent understanding of world order amongst Americans [that of] a world dominated by U.S. rules and power? Is it only centered on American values and interests and supported by U.S. alliances? Does that mean that, from the U.S. perspective, rising powers only have two choices: to submit or to challenge? What would you do if you were in our situation?

Sy Hersh: Old, Cranky and Spot On

Robert Miraldi | Posted 05.19.2015 | Media
Robert Miraldi

This is Sy Hersh. He is irascible, iconoclastic, irrepressible, difficult, passionate -- and still angry about governmental lies. And he is usually right.

The Day After Netanyahu's Speech

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Matthew RJ Brodsky

The Obama administration should answer the substance of the Israeli prime minister's concerns if the Jewish State is supposed to live under the ever-expanding shadow of Iran's nuclear umbrella. If the deal is so good, why is Barack Obama moving to block any role for Congress in approving this historic agreement?

John Whitehead, Financier, Statesman, Philanthropist

Robert Lenzner | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Robert Lenzner

John Whitehead, who died at 92 several days ago, was the classic personification of the American Dream come true.

The Front Page Rule

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

The fact remains that if we didn't see enemy soldiers as "murdering terrorists" lacking the human emotions and rights of our own troops, and enemy civilians as "collateral damage" whose deaths are automatically the fault of all who resist us, then there couldn't be a drone program.

Anti-Kissinger Protester And Target Of John McCain's Rage Thankful For Tirade

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

In a HuffPost Live interview Friday, Medea Benjamin — co-founder of CODEPINK — said she is thankful for Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) angry tirade ...