Thursday, December 30, 2010

Recorded comments

Henry Kissinger said it was no concern of the United States if Soviet Jews were gassed, in conversations barely a year before Nixon was forced to quit over the Watergate scandal.

Seems to have upset some Jews, who clearly did not grasp Kissinger's  'big picture'. And 'Slate' seems to disapprove of his views.

And it also seems he did not like Irish or Italian people either. "The Irish have certain -- for example, the Irish can't drink. What you always have to remember with the Irish is they get mean. Virtually every Irish I've known gets mean when he drinks. Particularly the real Irish."
"The Italians, of course, those people course don't have their heads screwed on tight". "The Jews are just a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality."

About black Africans Kissinger said " they have to be, frankly, inbred."

IMO: Looks like Kissinger might not have been a suitable advisor for Pres. Obama, then. But Kissinger certainly 'helped' the Han Chinese a lot. Obviously a real master of diplomacy - as long as his privately recorded comments were not made available. But you wonder what he would have made of Wikileaks. Anyway politician's statements should not have to be watered down enough to be practically meaningless. Well they do not have to be watered down in a democracy, but if not carefully considered before utterance, nowadays they could lose a lot of votes. Overall the eventual worry may mostly be about the state of the democratic process.

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