Henry Kissinger

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - – Euan MacDon­ald

Af­ter U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump held his Oval Of­fice meet­ing with Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov and Rus­sian Am­bas­sador to the United States Sergei Kislyak on May 10, White House pool re­porters were in­vited to what they ex­pected would be a photo op­por­tu­nity with Lavrov.

The U.S. press had been ex­cluded from the meet­ing. Only a pho­tog­ra­pher from Krem­lin news agency TASS had been present. It was only be­cause pho­to­graphs of a grin­ning Trump and Kislyak were re­leased by the Rus­sians later that it even be­came known that Kislyak had at­tended the meet­ing.

How­ever, it was not Lavrov whom the press pool found sit­ting next to Trump in the Oval Of­fice, but Henry Kissinger, the U.S. Sec­re­tary of State un­der for­mer U.S. pres­i­dents Richard Nixon and Ger­ald Ford. Given that Trump had the day be­fore fired F.B.I. Di­rec­tor James Comey, who was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Trump cam­paign team for its links to Rus­sia, see­ing Kissinger sit­ting next to Trump shocked some re­porters..

But Ukraini­ans, see­ing Kissinger in ca­hoots with Trump, would have made other as­so­ci­a­tions. The ar­chi­tect of U.S. “re­alpoli­tik,” in­clud­ing dé­tente with the Soviet Union, Kissinger, who is re­ported to be giv­ing a speech on June 30 in Moscow on U.S.-Rus­sian re­la­tions, has proved over the years to have no al­le­giance to the prin­ci­ples of the will of the peo­ple or even democ­racy.

He proved it again in De­cem­ber, when he was re­ported to have ad­vised then Pres­i­dent-elect Trump to ac­cept Rus­sia’s il­le­gal in­va­sion and an­nex­a­tion, via a sham ref­er­en­dum, of Ukraine’s Crimean penin­sula. Kissinger thinks he United States should try to mend re­la­tions with Rus­sia, dam­aged badly by the Crimean in­va­siona and Rus­sia’s on­go­ing war in the Don­bas.

Jour­nal­ists later re­ported that Kissinger had had sev­eral meet­ings with Trump dur­ing the Novem­ber-to-Jan­uary tran­si­tional pe­riod. Af­ter be­ing out of pres­i­den­tial affairs for the eight years of the Obama presidency, Kissinger again has the ear of the White House. And in that ear he will no doubt whis­per his “re­alpoli­tik” — the will of the peo­ple of Ukraine, in­clud­ing Crimeans, can be ig­nored for the sake of bet­ter U.S. re­la­tions with Rus­sia.

So Kissinger, who pro­longed the Viet­nam War and likely scut­tled a peace agree­ment so that his friend Richard Nixon could be elected pres­i­dent in 1967, is a loath­some se­nior fig­ure. He in no way can be counted as a friend of Ukraine. He aligns with the in­ter­ests of the dic­ta­tor in the Krem­lin, Ukraine’s en­emy. Come pick up your Or­der of Lenin, Henry, I’m sure you and Vladimir Putin can get to­gether soon and have a good cry over the demise of the Soviet Union 26 years ago. Or­der of Lenin

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