Kissinger: Trump Could Offer “Extraordinary Opportunity” in Foreign Policy

Sourcce: Politico, December 18, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump could accomplish “something remarkable” in U.S. foreign policy, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says.

“Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven’t seen. So, it is a shocking experience to them that he came into office. At the same time, extraordinary opportunity,” Kissinger said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“And I believe he has the possibility of going down in history as a very considerable president.”

The new Republican president’s “unfamiliar questions” could fill a vacuum left by President Barack Obama, who “basically withdrew” America from international politics, said Kissinger, who served enormous roles under two Republican presidents, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

“Because of the combination of the partial vacuum and the new questions, one could imagine that something remarkable and new emerges out of it,” Kissinger said. “I’m not saying it will. I’m saying it’s an extraordinary opportunity.”



8 responses to “Kissinger: Trump Could Offer “Extraordinary Opportunity” in Foreign Policy

  1. That he could accomplish “something remarkable” is such an ambiguous statement that no matter what he does Kissinger’s prediction may turn out to be right.

  2. Styra Eisinger

    Kissenger is a war hawk, a weasel who was awarded a Nobel Peace prize for bombing and burning Cambodia. He is the intellectual version of the poodle Gov. Christie, cozying up to whoever can stroke his ego. To say that Obama withdrew the US from foreign affairs is quite outrageous. Instead, Obama made it clear that we were not going to spend American lives and dollars dealing with other nation’s messes, but that the only realistic course of action is for nations to sort themselves out. When absolutely necessary, the US has taken action, as the record will show. Did Kissinger object to going into Iraq? That catastrophic move of the Bush administration is the cause of all this horrible mess in the Middle East. Where was his “wise” voice at that time?

  3. Am I correct thinking that HK is just hard to take seriously? See

  4. Suspect that I was unclear in saying that the statement was ambiguous. If he performs well that would be worth remarking upon. If, as many of us predict, he performs poorly that would be worth remarking upon. In either case the performance would be “something remarkable”.

  5. Kissinger is of the era that says America should interfere with the internal politics of every country in the world – by diplomatic pressure or by force of arms.
    Nearly every one of the world’s murderous hotspots today is a result of that thinking.
    Can he name one area that in the past 50 years has benefited from US inspired manipulation and interference?

  6. Wow. What venomous anti-American screeds from your readers. Another Internet echo chamber.

    • They seem to me not anti-American, but anti- a slant in American foreign policy over the last several decades towards global “manipulation and interference”, and therefore anti-Kissinger in particular.

  7. Elisabeth Ecker

    Sorry Fred that you think the comments are “venomous anti-American screeds”, but are the comments incorrect?