Heinz Alfred Kissinger and his mentor William Yandell Elliott

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Heinz Alfred Kissinger and his mentor William Yandell Elliott

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"His real name is Heinz Alfred Kissinger. German Jews.
And this person's mentor was a man named William Yandell Elliott.
This man was a member of the Oppenheimer family, who was active as a court Jew before Mr. Rothschild, the big brother of the Rothschilds.
And if you look up Kissinger, it's the Oppenheimer family.
So, Mr. Kissinger was like a foreman who carried out the orders of the nobility.
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"William Yandell Elliott (May 12, 1896 – January 9, 1979) was an American historian and a political advisor to six US presidents. ..
"William Yandell Elliott"
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%22William+Ya ... =ha&ia=web

"Profiles
William Yandell Elliott
Born: May 12, 1896, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Died: Jan. 9, 1979, Haywood, Virginia.
Family: William Yandell Elliott was the third by that
name in a line of “Tennessee Templars,” closely associated
with the Masonic founders of the post-Civil War Ku Klux
Klan. His grandfather (1827-93) was a Reconstruction-era
“radical”Republican legislator who was reported to have pro-
voked deadly racial violence. This “provocateur” charge
against the first William Yandell Elliott is supported by the
fact that, although ostensibly an anti-slavery Republican, he
served under the Masonic command of Ku Klux Klan found-
ing member James Daniel Richardson, who, as a Congress-
man in 1898, led the campaign for the construction of a memo-
rial to Klan founder Albert Pike in the nation’s capital.
..
His son and collaborator, Ward, for instance, eulogized him as “a true Eleatic, a man who could overarch time and place and deepen and enrich whatever time and place he might occupy.” He compared his mission to that of the Round Table of Arthurian legend (see “A Round Table for the Republic” below). In pursuit of this epic mission, Elliott was quite willing, as we shall see, to plunge all of humanity into a nuclear holocaust and dark age.

The Round Table movement, to which Elliott was recruited by his Oxford tutor, later Master of Balliol, A.D. Lindsay, and others, consisted of semi-secret Masonic or Masonic-like cells dedicated to smashing all nations and replacing them with a revamped British Empire. It was founded by Lindsay’s Oxford predecessors, John Ruskin and T.H. Green, and continued, most notably, by Cecil Rhodes and Lord Alfred Milner, managing director of the mammoth colonial mining cartel Rio Tinto Zinc.

Ruskin was the founder of the “pre-Raphaelite” cultural movement, which viewed the Italian Golden Renaissance as the worst disaster of modern history, and strove to restore pre-Renaissance feudalism. They were obsessed with Britain’s loss of its major North American colonies, and determined to reorganize the British Empire into the collection of quasi-autonomous units now known as the “Commonwealth,” both to avoid pressure for further colonial independence, and to lure the United States back into the fold.

Elliott’s four-decade campaign to scrap the U.S. Constitution, based on invidious comparisons to Great Britain and its Canadian colony, is pure Round Table, as is the Royal Institute of International Affairs, headquartered at Chatham House, with which Elliott and his “kindergarten” have coordinated their efforts.

Elliott’s Round Table contemporaries included a fellow Lindsay prote´ge´, top British historian and intelligence director of Chatham House, Arnold Toynbee; Lord Lothian of the notoriously pro-Nazi “Cliveden Set”;Lord Leconsfield, later director of Britain’s Tavistock Institute psychological warfare center; and media magnate William Waldorf Astor. The whole intertwined complex of elite “British-American-Canadian” foreign policy think-tanks, councils, and conferences, including the New York Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Conferences, the Ditchley Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and dozens of other think-tanks, were founded and operate under the influence of the Round Tables.

Elliott’s tutor Lindsay was a Fabian socialist, and a top activist in the Workers’ Educational Association and the Christian Social movement, both outgrowths of the Round Tables’ “Settlement House” movement, which involved middle and upper class “intellectuals” going slumming to maintain lower-class solidarity with their schemes. In her biography of Lindsay, his daughter, Lady Drusilla Scott, characterized him with these statements from his Oxford associates, which (especially when you realize that Lady Drusilla thought these comments were quite flattering) give a sense of the duplicitous Fabian Round Tabler mentality:“I have never been able to distinguish in my own mind between Lindsay and Oliver Cromwell. . . . Each of them had a sense of being one of the elect.”
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https://larouchepub.com/eiw/public/2002 ... lliott.pdf

"Klaus Barbie, the Nazi International and organized crime
by Michele Steinber
..
To date, former High Commissioner McCloy, Gen. Julius Klein, and Henry Kissinger have refused to'answer our inquiries.
..
P2, the Nazi International and Kissinger
In late August 1982, Aldo Gentile, the Italian magistrate in charge of the investigation of the 1980 Bologna train station bombing revealed that Elio Ciolini, a member of the P2 Lodge, had confessed that the bombing was planned at a special April 1980 meeting of a P-2 "executive" group known as the Monte Carlo Lodge. Ciolini named the West German Fiebelkorn, and a French right-wing operative by the name of Donet as participants. Ciolini also identified Henry Kissinger as one of the top members of the elite Monte Carlo Lodge. ..
"
https://larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1983 ... rnatio.pdf


"The Federal Reserve Cartel: A Financial Parasite

United World Federalists founder James Warburg’s father was Paul Warburg, who financed Hitler with help from Brown Brothers Harriman partner Prescott Bush. [1]

Colonel Ely Garrison was a close friend of both President Teddy Roosevelt and President Woodrow Wilson. Garrison wrote in Roosevelt, Wilson and the Federal Reserve, “Paul Warburg was the man who got the Federal Reserve Act together after the Aldrich Plan aroused such nationwide resentment and opposition. The mastermind of both plans was Baron Alfred Rothschild of London.”

The Aldrich Plan was hatched at a secret 1910 meeting at JP Morgan’s private resort on Jekyl Island, SC between Rockefeller, lieutenant Nelson Aldrich and Paul Warburg of the German Warburg banking dynasty. Aldrich, a New York congressman, later married into the Rockefeller family. His son Winthrop Aldrich chaired Chase Manhattan Bank. While the bankers met, Colonel Edward House, another Rockefeller stooge and close confidant of President Woodrow Wilson, was busy convincing Wilson of the importance of a private central bank and the introduction of a national income tax. A member of House’s staff was British MI6 Permindex insider General Julius Klein. [2]

Wilson didn’t need much convincing, since he was beholden to copper magnate Cleveland Dodge, whose namesake Phelps Dodge became one of the biggest mining companies in the world. Dodge bankrolled Wilson’s political career. Wilson even wrote his inaugural speech on Dodge’s yacht. [3]

Wilson was a classmate of both Dodge and Cyrus McCormick at Princeton. Both were directors at Rockefeller’s National City Bank (now Citigroup). Wilson’s main focus was on overcoming public distrust of the bankers, which New York City Mayor John Hylan echoed in 1922 when he argued, “The real menace to our republic is the invisible government which, like a giant octopus, sprawls its slimy length over our city, state and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses, generally referred to as the international bankers”. [4]

But the Eight Families prevailed. In 1913 the Federal Reserve Bank was born, with Paul Warburg its first Governor. Four years later the US entered World War I, after a secret society known as the Black Hand assassinated Archduke Ferdinand and his Hapsburg wife. The Archduke’s friend Count Czerin later said, “A year before the war he informed me that the Masons had resolved upon his death.”[5]

That same year, Bolsheviks overthrew the Hohehzollern monarchy in Russia with help from Max Warburg and Jacob Schiff, while the Balfour Declaration leading to the creation of Israel was penned to Zionist Second Lord Rothschild.

In the 1920’s Baron Edmund de Rothschild founded the Palestine Economics Commission, while Kuhn Loeb’s Manhattan offices helped Rothschild form a network to smuggle weapons to Zionist death squads bent on seizing Palestinian lands. General Julius Klein oversaw the operation and headed the US Army Counterintelligence Corps, which later produced Henry Kissinger. Klein diverted Marshall Plan aid to Europe to Zionist terror cells in Palestine after WWII, channeling the funds through the Sonneborn Institute, which was controlled by Baltimore chemical magnate Rudolph Sonneborn. His wife Dorothy Schiff is related to the Warburgs. [6]

The Kuhn Loebs came to Manhattan with the Warburgs. At the same time the Bronfmans came to Canada as part of the Moses Montefiore Jewish Colonization Committee. The Montefiores have carried out the dirty work of Genoese nobility since the 13th Century. The di Spadaforas served that function for the Italian House of Savoy, which was bankrolled by the Israel Moses Seif family for which Israel is named. Lord Harold Sebag Montefiore is current head of the Jerusalem Foundation, the Zionist wing of the Knights of St. John’s Jerusalem. The Bronfmans (the name means “liquorman” in Yiddish) tied up with Arnold Rothstein, a product of the Rothschild’s dry goods empire, to found organized crime in New York City. Rothstein was succeeded by Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Robert Vesco and Santos Trafficante. The Bronfmans are intermarried with the Rothschilds, Loebs and Lamberts. [7]

The year 1917 also saw the 16th Amendment added to the US Constitution, levying a national income tax, though it was ratified by only two of the required 36 states. The IRS is a private corporation registered in Delaware. [8] Four years earlier the Rockefeller Foundation was launched, to shield family wealth from the new income tax provisions, while steering public opinion through social engineering. One of its tentacles was the General Education Board.
..
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/federal-r ... te/5818588

"Julius Klein (1901–1984) was an American journalist, spy, business executive and United States Army general.
Early life
Klein was born in Chicago in 1901. His parents were Austrian Jewish immigrants to the U.S. who relocated to Berlin during Klein's childhood. He was interned by German authorities during World War I, but escaped to France and joined the U.S. Army as a spy.[1] .."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Klein

"In 1950, Kissinger would graduate from Harvard with a degree in political science where he would study under William Yandell Elliott, who would eventually be a political advisor to six US presidents and would also serve as a mentor to Zbigniew Brzezinski and Pierre Trudeau, among others. Yandell Elliott, along with many of his star pupils, would serve as the key connectors between the American national security establishment and the British “Round Table” movement, embodied by organisations such as Chatham House in the UK and the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States. They would also seek to impose global power structures shared by Big Business, the political elite and academia. Kissinger would continue to study at Harvard, gaining his MA and PhD degrees at the prestigious university, but he was also already trying to forge a career path in intelligence, reportedly seeking recruitment as an FBI spy during this period.

In 1951, Kissinger would be employed as a consultant for the Army’s Operations Research Office, where he would be trained in various forms of psychological warfare. This awareness of psyops was reflected in his doctoral work during the period. His work on the Congress of Vienna and its consequences invoked thermonuclear weapons as its opening gambit, which also made an otherwise dull piece of work a little more interesting. By 1954, Kissinger was hoping to become a junior professor at Harvard but, instead, the dean of Harvard at the time, McGeorge Bundy – another pupil of William Yandell Elliott, recommended Kissinger to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At the CFR, Kissinger would start managing a study group on nuclear weapons. From 1956 to 1958, Kissinger also became the Director of Special Studies for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (David Rockefeller was vice-president of the CFR during this period), as well as going on to direct multiple panels to produce reports on national defense, which would gain international attention. In 1957, Kissinger would seal his place as a leading Establishment figure on thermonuclear war after publishing, Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy, a book published for the Council on Foreign Relations by Harper & Brothers.
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https://www.globalawareness101.org/2023 ... esday.html

"Bernd Greiner has evaluated them for his biography, together with the estate of William Yandell Elliott, Kissinger's doctoral supervisor, to whom he owes his lightning academic career at Harvard and access to a significant network of intellectuals, politicians, military officers and journalists, which brought the aspiring immigrant to the attention of the political elites.

William Yandell Elliott is said to have been regarded as a "glorious ruin" behind closed doors, but in his mid-fifties he had more energy and passion than many younger people. He had tormented his students with manic workaholism, including John F. Kennedy, Dean Rusk, McGeorge Bundy, Pierre Trudeau, Louis Hartz and Samuel Huntington, who would have thanked him for it years later.

William Yandell Elliott was, according to Bernd Greiner, an intellectual foot soldier in the Cold War who acted as a tireless networker and passionate string-puller. As late as July 1959, he accompanied Vice President Richard Nixon to Moscow and Poland and then served as an advisor during the presidential election campaign.

For Bernd Greiner, Henry Kissinger belonged to the new type of intellectual who grew up at a "Cold War University", an intellectual Sherpa for America's rise to world power, a "Defense Intellectual".
"
https://cosmopolis.ch/de/der-100-geburt ... kissinger/

"Who really protected
Gestapo butcher Barbie?

4) According to John Loftus, classified documents now in a State Department vault show that the order to hide Barbie from the French was made by the legal counsel to John J. McCloy, the High Commissioner for Germany. Such a step is consistent with McCloy's effort to stop the Nuremberg trials. It was McCloy who released Nazi Finance Minister Hjalmar Schacht, the architect of the financial policy that led himself admits, the real source of his power today lies in his role as a British agent-of-influence for such figures as the U.S. anglophile William Yandell Elliott, Sir Isaiah Berlin, and British aristocrat Lord Alec Douglas-Home. But the question almost never raised is why such figures noticed him.

As several sources now confirm, the answer to this question lies in Henry Kissinger's activities in Bavaria from 1945 to 1947 with Fritz Kraemer, General Klein, and Helmut Sonnenfeldt, activities which placed him at the initation of the dirtiest aspect of the Cold War, the wholesale recruitment of members of Hitler's inner circle.

After the "Battle of the Bulge" in 1944, John Loftus reports that it was Kissinger and Kraemer who were among
the first to interrogate officers of the paramilitary units trained by SS Sturmbandfiihrer Otto "Scarface" Skorzeny, the man Hitler called "my favorite commando. " Later, Kissinger and Kraemer were posted to the U. S. Army Intelligence base of Oberarnmergau, where some of the principal operational files of Skorzeny were maintained. A close connection to Skorzeny made the career of many lesser intelligence officers.
After World War II, Skorzeny, by this time Schacht's son-in-law, set up an operation in Spain that employed former SS and paramilitary people for covert activities ranging from Egypt to Indonesia.
It was through Skorzeny that the leaders of the Henry Kissinger-linked_P-2 Masonic Lodge were at first brought
together with elements of the French connection heroin route into Ibero-America. Among the latter was August Ricord, an early Gestapo friend of Klaus Barbie, who worked together in the 1960s and 1970s organizing paramilitary "enforcement" groups for the drugdrug trade in Ibero-America.
The Skorzeny case was replicated several times over by Kissinger's friends and associates. A well-informed Washington source reports that Gen. Julius Klein obtained early access to the party membership cards of the NSDAP (Nazi Party). Several cards were pulled both to mask the recruitment of second-level Nazis and to exert effective blackmail over others who might rise to positions of power in postwar Germany. While working as an adviser to the occupation authorities in Austria and Germany, Klein founded a "public relations" firm that has exerted tremendous power over German politics down to the present, with Klein having trained several leading political figures. Klein, who was briefly a military adviser to Israel, was later to head the Jewish War Veterans and to co-found the American Jewish League Against Communism with Roy Cohn, the general counsel to Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
Under the guidance of John J. M..
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https://larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1983 ... po_but.pdf


"Nikola Tesla Was Murdered by Otto Skorzeny?
Sir Vojislav Milosevic
Veterans Today
Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00 UTC
Otto Skorzeny's Deathbed Confession
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https://www.sott.net/article/241580-Nik ... o-Skorzeny
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Re: Heinz Alfred Kissinger and his mentor William Yandell Elliott

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Heinz is a diminutive/pet form of Heinrich, the German for Henry. There isn't anything odd about that at least. What is odd is that someone so odious and uncharismatic attained such prominence in the political, military and commercial realms. In later years he had a firm which did business with many major corporations.

His real family name seems to have been Löb often turned into Loeb in English. There are some prominent families by that name, including a well known American publishing firm. The famous Loeb in the Leopold and Loeb murder case was related to the publishing lot. Hitchcock based a film on them. No idea if they were related to Kissinger, probably distantly.

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Here's a classic article I've posted on the forum many times:


The Curious Case of Henry Kissinger

By J. R. Nyquist



There is an unsolved riddle in the career of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, whose successes were equivocal and whose rhetoric was unique for its twists and turns. Kissinger's record is strangely mixed; for it was Professor Kissinger, the "hawk of hawks," that talked Nixon into unilaterally destroying America's biological arsenal in 1969. He prepared the way for Soviet nuclear superiority with the ABM and SALT treaties. He lobbied for a disadvantageous cease-fire agreement in Vietnam. He manipulated the collapse of Rhodesia, which afterward declared itself a Marxist-Leninist state. Then he misadvised President Ford when the communists once more broke the peace in Vietnam so that the whole of Indochina fell, with millions perishing in the aftermath. And finally, as if to sow even greater confusion into U.S. policy, it was Kissinger who lent intellectual legitimacy and prestige to Nixon's China policy.

To demonstrate Kissinger's bureaucratic method it is only necessary to look back to the war in Vietnam. Consider the following incident, reported by General Bruce Palmer, one of our top generals in Vietnam. "An otherwise uneventful day was interrupted by a phone call from the White House in the person of an irate Henry Kissinger," wrote Palmer. "He has just received word from Chinese authorities ... claiming that U.S. aircraft on a daylight combat mission over Vietnam had violated Chinese air space and territory."

Kissinger's call came during the famous LINEBACKER air offensive against North Vietnam, which culminated in the Christmas bombings of December 1972. According to Palmer, "Kissinger seemed to be very angry and upset, demanding that commanders concerned be roundly upbraided and threatened that 'heads vould roll' among senior military leaders if it should happen again."

Kissinger had accepted the Chinese allegations about U.S. air attacks without waiting to hear the American side of the story. Gen. Palmer later investigated the incident, discovering that "Chinese radar was probably out of calibration...." In other words, our pilots did not violate Chinese air space. "In retrospect," wrote Palmer, "it has occurred to me that Kissinger's anger may have been more for show than for effect."

But why did Henry Kissinger put on this "show"?

If we examine other famous outbursts we will find that Kissinger's anger suggests a curious pattern -- like the time he pushed Nixon into going after Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times. At first Nixon did not care about Ellsberg. Nixon's chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, later wrote: "After all, the Papers covered events which had occurred during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, and they weren't really all that important anyway."

But Kissinger nonetheless goaded Nixon to action by saying: "It shows you're a weakling, Mr. President."

Haldeman tells us: "Henry really knew how to get to Nixon."

Some observers think that Kissinger planned his tantrums carefully, and knew how to push the right buttons, like when he waved the word "weakling" in front of Nixon. One has to wonder what Kissinger was after. Bob Haldeman probably guessed the answer when he wrote: "Henry had a problem because Ellsberg had been one of his 'boys.'"

Ellsberg had lectured at Kissinger's Harvard seminars. Ellsberg, therefore, was a stain that had to be wiped away. It was a calculated thing, an image problem. Kissinger had to divert attention from his past relations with a subversive element. Given this, General Palmer was right to compare Kissinger's Vietnam outbursts to "a show." And Bob Haldeman saw things the same way. In fact, it was not simply a matter of fake temper tantrums. Kissinger seemed to possess multiple fake personalities and multiple fake points of view. For example, James Reston wrote in the New York Times that "Mr. Kissinger ... has said nothing in public about the bombing in North Vietnam, which he undoubtedly opposes." In reaction to this, Haldeman wrote: "Nixon was furious.... I talked to Henry.... He hotly denied that he had said anything about the bombing to anyone. In particular, he vehemently claimed he had never talked to the Times columnist."

Was Kissinger being devious?

Haldeman knew that "Reston's story implied that he had spoken to Kissinger." So Haldeman did some checking. And guess what? Kissinger had conversed with Reston. Haldeman later wrote: " I confronted Henry: 'You told us you didn't give Reston an interview but in fact you did talk to him,' and he said, 'Yes, but that was only on the telephone.'"

The many-sided Kissinger was not an easy man to penetrate. CBS executive Frank Shakespeare said: "Henry Kissinger can meet with six different people, smart as hell, learned, knowledgeable, experienced, of very different views, and meet with them back to back, and persuade all six of them that the real Henry Kissinger is just where they are."

It is no wonder that President Nixon harbored doubts about Kissinger. But these doubts never led anywhere. Despite all the evidence of Kissinger's many-sidedness, Nixon never saw Kissinger as dangerous. About this, Machiavelli once wrote:

Men in general judge by their eyes rather than by their hands; because everyone is in a position to watch, few are in a position to come in close touch with you. Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are. And those few dare not gainsay the many....

Consider the way Kissinger talked to Nixon, as opposed to Reston: I'm a hawk, Mr. President. I'm for smashing Ellsberg. I'm for bombing the North. I'm for playing one communist country against another communist country. Notice how Le Duc Tho grates on my nerves. Listen to my anti-communist outbursts. Listen to me, Mr. President. It's time to sign a treaty with the Soviets. It's time to sign a cease-fire agreement with the North Vietnamese. It's time to bolster Red China. Don't miss this opportunity Mr. President. Don't be a weakling.

And Haldeman, after serving time in jail, wrote:

We knew Henry as the 'hawk of hawks' in the Oval office. But in the evenings, a magical transformation took place. Touching glasses at a party with his liberal friends, the belligerent Kissinger would suddenly become a dove -- according to the reports that reached Nixon.

Henry was fooling people. But what was Henry's game? Was it ambition, power, patriotism? Haldeman relates the following curious story about Kissinger:

I'd get out of the President's office almost every day around one o'clock and have lunch with Higby in my office. About that time, Henry would drop in to find out what was happening.... But he also tried to read everything of interest on my desk. He would take a ten-minute 'Great Circle' route around the office as he was talking, meanwhile reading everything he could on the desk and conference table. We used to have fun with him because we knew what he was doing. We'd deliberately place letters or documents that looked very interesting in an exposed area. Then, when Henry got there, Hibgy would take his lunch tray and set it on top of the paper, as if by accident, just as Henry started to read it. So Henry would move around, and we'd always stay one step ahead of him in covering things up. And everyone kept a straight face.

From this we can see that Kissinger had a greedy appetite for interesting documents. But there is nothing unusual about this. After all, Kissinger used to work for U.S. Army intelligence -- which was brought out during a Kissinger press conference held on August 14, 1975.

Reporter: Mr. Secretary, we received a report that a Colonel General Michael Goleniewski, who was a Polish Army intelligence officer ... had identified a list of KGB and GRU agents and officers who have since been arrested, tried and convicted. The General ... also identified you, Mr. Kissinger, as having worked for a Soviet intelligence network -- code named ODRA -- headquartered in West Germany during World War II, at the same time you were a U.S. Army counter-interrogator and instructor in a military intelligence school.... Is this true? And, if not, how do you explain your name being on General Goleniewski's list?

Kissinger: I don't know who Colonel Goleniewski is, but I think he should be given the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Is it possible that Henry Kissinger had never heard of Goleniewski? -- a man responsible for exposing so many Communist spies; a man who has been talked about and gossiped about in the highest circles? But Kissinger said he had not heard of him. And even though Kissinger arranges the President's daily intelligence briefing, there is nothing further to add.

Goleniewski? Who is that?

It just so happens that Goleniewski furnished Western intelligence services with thousands of secret documents and the names of hundreds of East Bloc agents, exposing spy rings in England, Sweden, West Germany, France and Denmark. Haldeman wrote: "And it always amused me that Henry ... was constantly worried that his ... telephone was tapped."

Why would Henry Kissinger worry about a phone-tap?

Maybe he was afraid somebody would notice that when the Defense Department ordered the generals to do X, Dr. Kissinger would call up and order the opposite of X. Gen. Palmer wrote about this phenomenon, stating:

Over time, [Gen.] Abrams developed a unique way of coping with this problem. In his living quarters at Tan Son Nhut airbase, not far from HQ MACV, Abrams's routine practice in the evening was to stay up very late sipping scotch and water and listening to Wagnerian operas played in stereo at maximum volume. He would sit back in his chair for hours without speaking a word while soaked in the music. He explained that in this way he was better prepared to respond to the inevitable urgent and sometimes contradictory messages that daily arrived from Washington, and that it helped him maintain his sanity. When I visited Vietnam I stayed with him, but found it difficult to remain awake so late and would go to bed with the wild strains of the 'Ride of the Valkyries' thundering against my eardrums.

And if mere phone calls failed to penetrate the thundering Wagnerian strains, Kissinger could always send his favorite pest, Al Haig, to buzz in Abrams's ear; to plague his staff, even conquering the Valkyries. In this respect Haig was Kissinger's ideal co-conspirator. And due to his exceeding usefulness, Col. Haig quickly became Gen. Haig. According to Palmer:

When Nixon became president, Haig was a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who had been selected for promotion to colonel but not yet promoted. Initially the Army nominated several other colonels to Kissinger for the job -- men with much wider experience and broader background than Haig, but Kissinger rejected them all. Finally Kissinger made it clear that Haig, and no one else was his specific choice for the job.

Thereafter, Haig's rise in the army was meteoric. He was promoted quickly to brigadier general and then major general, skipped the rank of the lieutenant general, and four years later, in January 1973, was promoted by the president to full general -- four stars." But why? What was so special about Al Haig?

We ought to wonder that Kissinger would pick a man he had never met over others that were offered to him. General Palmer happened upon the reason, and explained it as follows:

I was also getting the benefit at this time of F. G. ("Fritz") Kraemer, a special assistant to the Army's DCSOPS, whose specialty was interpreting important international developments and the foreign defense policy implications for the United States. Kraemer and Kissinger, both German born, had served together in the U.S. Army (Intelligence Section, 84th Infantry Division) in Germany during World War II and were old, close friends. Kraemer had been instrumental in having Haig assigned to the NSC staff under Kissinger. Kraemer was much older and in many ways had been Kissinger's mentor.

These nuances of fact, and the way the pieces fit together, place Kissinger's massive program of unilateral disarmament and retreat in an altogether new light. There is rich ore here in the old Army Intelligence connections -- like Hal Sonnenfeldt, a key Kissinger appointee who has since been accused of turning over secret information to "agents of a foreign power."

Another Kissinger help-mate (though he was not from the old Army Intelligence days) was Jesse MacKnight, a man in charge of White House security checks who was accused of spying for the communists. MacKnight was instrumental in helping Kissinger get William O. Hall approved as Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service, even though Hall had been identified as a security risk with long-time communist affiliations. After Hall there was James S. Sutterlin, another security risk.

From these misadventures it would seem that Kissinger's "circle of associates" included some rather curious people. Did Kissinger favor individuals with shady left-wing backgrounds? Did he promote communists within the State Department and the National Security Council staff?

And why did Kissinger withhold from Congress five intelligence reports on Soviet treaty violations? But not to worry, Kissinger was a hawk. He was, in Haldeman's words, "the hawk of hawks."

In 1971 people at the CIA wanted to investigate Kissinger. James Angleton, the chief of CIA counterintelligence, was already bothered by Kissinger's behavior. "He [Kissinger] refused CIA debriefings," said Angleton in a later interview. "We were worried that he would inadvertently say something. At first I thought it was arrogance. Later I began to suspect the worst."

Soon, however, the investigation of Kissinger was dropped. It became a political hot potato. By that time Kissinger had gained Nixon's total confidence. Later, a leading CIA counterintelligence official, Leonard V. McCoy, would suspect Kissinger in an incident involving the arrest and execution of an American spy -- code named TRIGON -- in Russia. The incriminating piece of evidence against Kissinger involved an NSA intercept from the Soviet Embassy in Washington. It was a cable sent by Ambassadaor Anatoly Dobrynin to Moscow, referring to "advice" given by Professor Kissinger.

Because of this incident, McCoy wondered if Kissinger was a Soviet agent. He went to his colleague, David Sullivan and asked: "Am I crazy to think this about Kissinger?" Sullivan did not think McCoy was crazy at all. Later Sullivan would say that McCoy "shared with me ... his damage assessment on TRIGON. What he shared with me was his punch line. His punch line said that the only way to describe Kissinger's actions ... was treason."

In this light, we ought to return to the question of Col. Haig, who so suddenly rose out of the Vietnam mists. Haig was, like Kissinger, a "hawk of hawks," winking at the hardliners while steering a serpentine course toward an "indecent interval." Haig liked to a good laugh, too, and had a great store of jokes. For example, he liked to tease Haldeman for being a "Nazi," and kept explaining how the Jews were out to "get" Nazis. But Haldeman never got the joke.

Leon Jaworski, the famous Watergate Special Prosecutor, once called Kissinger's creature, Al Haig, "our thirty-seventh-and-a-half President." Jaworski, however, was not joking. Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. said that Haig was "extremely ambitious." After Nixon's resignation, while Gerald Ford addressed a cheering joint session of Congress, Jules Witcover noticed Haig in the VIP gallery of the House and noted that Haig was "in a sense applauding his own deft achievement of presidential transition never contemplated in quite that way by the Founding Fathers." Witcover said it was "a bloodless presidential coup engineered by an army general, a man who had gravitated to the very right hand of one president and who, when that president fell, saw to a swift removal of the body...."

As it happens, there is a book that attempts to show Haig's role in Watergate. The book is entitled Silent Coup. In it, Haig is depicted as the man who overthrew Richard Nixon. Why? Because Haig was the secret creature of the Joint Chiefs, working to thwart detente. But this is wrong. General Haig was the creature of Kissinger’s agenda. The ever-observant General Palmer pointed out:

Had Watergate not occurred, there was at least a slim chance for South Vietnam to obtain adequate U.S. aide and to hold its own despite the grave disadvantage of the cease-fire agreement.

Wherefore this grave disadvantage in the cease-fire agreement? What about this slim chance for South Vietnam? In the spring of 1975 Soviet-built tanks rumbled through Saigon while the Chinese-backed Khmer Rouge took control of Phenom Penh. The allies of Red China and Soviet Russia had won, submerging Indochina in tyranny and terror. True, we had extricated ourselves from our commitment. We had retreated in disgrace -- thanks, in part, to Kissinger's "brilliant" policy of exploiting the Sino-Soviet rivalry. And how do we account for this "brilliant" policy that led to millions of deaths? Here we find a mystery.

But from Dzerzhinsky Square, at the other end of the Cold War chessboard, America's brilliant failure might be counted as communism's most brilliant victory.

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I think that article overestimates Kissinger's influence on the Rhodesian situation. I'm not sure how long Ian Smith's Rhodesian government could have held on the way they were operating. Rhodesia had a white minority government with even less of a powerbase than their equivalents in apartheid era South Africa. They had also succeeded in pissing off the UK and most of their neighbours. It's amazing they held on as long as they did. White minority rule continued in Rhodesia due to the British Empire and post-independence did not have the apparatus it needed to keep going. Their best bet would have been to be annexed by South Africa who would have had the military power to keep the white power structure in place.

Rhodesia turned into Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe took the place over. That was a more typical African trajectory. The vast majority of the population was black (over 93%), more so than South Africa.

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