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Moral Cowardice

International relations is a difficult job to manage. You are forced to do and say things that you do not want to do in order to prevent worse evils. I appreciate this problem. I appreciate, for example, the fact that the U.S. does not want to come down unambiguously on the side of defending Taiwan …

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Final Thoughts on Kissinger

Kissinger’s period at the pinnacle of American politics lasted only 6 years, but it was a momentous 6 years, and his policies had an enormous impact: détente, the opening to China, withdrawal from Vietnam. He continued to advise presidents for the next 30 years, and his book “World Order,” written when he was 90, was …

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Kissinger as a Thinker

I failed to mention one of Kissinger’s greatest achievements yestereday: détente. It is characteristic of Kissinger’s approach to foreign policy in that it was intended as a practical way of improving the U.S. international position. It resulted in strengthening the Soviets through grain sales, and the positive effect it was supposed to have on human …

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Henry Kissinger, RIP

Former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger passed away on November 29th, aged 100. My major point of interest in Kissinger has been his book World Order, which mainly interested me because of its lengthy discussion of the Congress of Westphalia. I discussed the book at length, disagreeing with most of it. …

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Off Ramp for Ukraine

In this clip, Rand Paul asks a state department official (no name given in the clip) about whether the State Department has a plan for an “off ramp” for Ukraine support. This is similar to concerns about an “exit plan” for U.S. intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, something everyone thought we should obviously have once …

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