The World: Henry's Seven Deadly Sins

When he joined the Nixon Administration in November 1968, Henry Kissinger was regarded in foreign policy circles as a neophyte on the subjects of China and the Middle East but an expert on Europe and NATO problems. And yet nowhere has Kissinger's diplomatic touch proved to be less sure than in the countries of his native continent.

What went wrong? Did the Europeans expect too much from Kissinger simply because he was born in Germany? Did he feel that he had to be "more American than the Americans," as one Dutch official put it, to...

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