The Nation: The Predominance of Kissinger

IN its orderly march of ideas, its thoroughness and its conceptual breadth, President Nixon's wide-ranging foreign policy report demonstrates again the predominant influence of Henry Kissinger, his articulate National Security Assistant. The former Harvard professor's strength is his abhorrence of sloganeering in world affairs and his knack for breaking complex problems down to their more specific and manageable components. At one and the same time, claims one White House observer, he is "Richard Nixon's Richelieu, and his Metternich."

Kissinger began to solicit suggestions for the report last October from the Department of State, the Defense Department and the CIA. On the...

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