From Niall Ferguson:
“Henry Kissinger was a colossus who bestrode a century: he shaped politics like no other statesman and the world wouldn’t be in such a perilous state if more followed his wise and ruthlessly pragmatic approach.”
Amen to that. If Kissinger had a fault, it was that his towering intellect, logic and pragmatism prevented him from fully understanding the attitudes of the fanatics on the other side of the negotiating table.
Of Kissinger it can truly be said that he was always — always — the smartest man in the room. His enemies knew that, and it only added to their frustrated rage.
And you only have to see who hated him to realize that he was, mostly, correct in his approach to foreign policy — unlike the feckless and ignorant fools and children who are in charge of such things today.
Read the article.
…of the Belt and Road initiative. A simple Q&A:
Should the United States continue to fund China’s aggressive military buildup?
Should the United States make every effort to move U.S.-based manufacturing out of China?
Should the United States make every effort to encourage alternatives to Chinese manufacturing?
Will the United States government actually do any of this stuff?
–Of course not.
Should the United States government be hanged en masse for endangering the welfare of the nation?
–Of course they should.
Here’s the background to all the above.
It was all too much. I tried like hell to suppress it, but the urge was too great.
…oooh I bet that pissed off the old Commie bitch, even though he didn’t mean it (see below).
…well, duh. They’re anti-Communist, and he isn’t.
…sees no reason to ban travel from such a large continent:
…which means it’s doomed.
…probably because we already did.
…even though he blocked the Keystone XL pipeline, which will help them do just that.
…I just want to hear President Braindead explain the technology, without notes.
And now, some vintage pics of Jill Biden at the beach…
Via Stephen Green at Insty I see that the NorKs are giving President Braindead’s diplomatic initiative the cold shoulder:
The White House said it had not received any response to repeated efforts to reach out to Pyongyang. The news comes as Joe Biden has sent his top diplomatic and military representatives to Asia.
At first glance, one would be puzzled at the Norks’ indifference, because when the Democrats are in control of the country, our “diplomatic initiatives” are most likely to be in the order of “Come to the table so we can bend ourselves over it”.
But considering that the Norks don’t jump unless the ChiComs first tell them how high, all is explained. Beijing isn’t interested in any kind of diplomacy with the U.S. when they know they can just bully the flabby-kneed idiots in the State Department and White House to get them to do what they want us to do.
And Biden’s “top diplomatic and military representatives” are likely to be complete morons and milquetoasts, so small wonder.
Never mind missing Trump; I miss Mike Pompeo just as much.