THE ADMINISTRATION: The Difficulty of Being Henry Kissinger

These are prickly and painful times for the U.S. Secretary of State, and as a believer in the tragic destiny of man, Henry Kissinger may not be too surprised at his current plight. After a series of almost unbroken diplomatic successes, he has taken two jolting defeats. His very triumphs—in Viet Nam, in the Middle East—have returned to haunt him. In his dealings with the Soviet Union, with Turkey and the oil-producing countries, an increasingly truculent and suspicious U.S. Congress questions and curtails his efforts. Long deemed an indispensable national resource,...

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