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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Dr. Kissinger prescribed Trump's Russian policy

On Sunday, I explained President Trump's meeting with Putin in a post, "Trump's reverse Nixon on China." Nixon used Red China as a counterweight to the Soviet Union. Now President Trump is using Russia to counter Red China.

Just as Henry Kissinger suggested.

As Nixon's secretary of State, Kissinger worked on that historic trip to Red China in 1972. Nixon knew that the USSR and Red China had become rivals in the communist world. He succeeded in driving a wedge between the two.

Now President Trump is playing Russia against Red China. And folks, China is the largest communist country in the world.

The Daily Beast reported Kissinger has met with The Donald several times to advocate a thaw in this petty cold war. Kissinger also met with Putin 17 times over the years. Kissinger was pleased with their Helsinki meeting.

"It was a meeting that had to take place. I have advocated it for several years," he said.

President Trump is expanding the U.S. foreign relations focus.

"During the 2016 presidential campaign, various figures in the Trump orbit — not just Kissinger — discussed a strategy of shoring up relations not only with Russia, but also with Japan, the Philippines, India, Middle Eastern countries, and others as a wide-ranging international counterweight to what was pitched as the dominant Chinese threat," the Daily Beast reported.

"Since becoming president, Trump, those sources said, has shown varying signs of interest. But his actual posture toward China has remained difficult to define. The president has flattered the country’s political leadership, partnered with it on key foreign policy matters, and adopted a highly confrontational positions on trade. Anything resembling a large, cohesive counterweight policy has yet to gain serious traction. And one of the main economic levers that would be used to achieve this type of outcome — the trade deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership — was abandoned by Trump even as Kissinger himself nominally supported it."

Not joining the Trans Pacific Partnership was a given.

President Trump does not want the United States involved in more international bureaucracies that bind the hands of the United States. These groups never die even after the problem they were created to confront goes away. Consider NATO.

There is another element involved in talking with Putin.

It's pure Sun Tzu: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

As for the Daily Beast not being able to define President Trump's strategy regarding Red China, that too is straight out of the Art of War: "Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt."

President Trump is pretty easy to understand once you realize he is a master of deception and patience. In the right hands, Kissinger's strategy will work. Rest assuredly, American foreign policy is in the right hands.


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  1. This has been my understaning of the situation. This article says basically the same thing, but uses FDR'S WWII Russia policy as an example.

    The bottom line is that there is a trade war being waged primarily by China. The more allies we have in this conflict, the better, and the more likely that it does not become hot.

  2. It was called the China Card back then.

  3. is quoting Daily Beast on this too. Folks in St Petersburg do this for a living, and here you do it for free.

  4. Anytime we have to rely on Daily Beast as our source,we have a big problem.

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