Kissinger The Pessimist

In 1973 and 1974, then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger won worldwide acclaim for his Middle East "shuttle diplomacy," which resulted in a series of agreements disengaging Israeli and Arab forces in the Sinai desert and the Golan Heights. Today Kissinger holds out little hope that his virtuoso performance can be duplicated by George Shultz.

"Secretary Shultz has a different deck of cards than I had," Kissinger told TIME Correspondent Bruce van Voorst in Washington last week. "When I was out there, the Israelis had the Egyptian Third Army surrounded in the Sinai and their army was pressing at the gates...

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