Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Issue of A New World Order: A Post Bush Kissinger World?

Nixon and Kissinger created a new detente w/ China, an opening...
Communists from the East meet the practical power brokers of the West

over Market economies....
and both get very wealthy.....

This is true Kissinger pragmatism...and one that partially defines
our trade imbalance w/ both China and the world around us...

Kissinger believed in 'balance of power' power blocs from the old
Mettinichean world of classical european rule.

We have however increasingly difficult and complex third world
and independent nationalism beginning to show its head again

particularly in the developing nations of the world, and the same
goes for the Middle East and Near East

In time, knowledge of nuclear power and nuclear weapons will cover
the earth....

this is literally little in the way of keeping such knowledge and power
from an independent nation state, over time.

This kind of technology may be delayed for years, even generations
but eventually it will come to the nations of the world....

and once it does, there isn't much anyone or any body of the world
will keep it from happening...

China and the middle east have a unique tie to Israel and the mid east as

Cruise missile technology once give under strict state licensing agreements
to Israel were discovered to be almost instantly against those very agreements
and laws provided to China by Israel....for a handsome profit of course.

No problem, we just keep doing more of the same...despite all the spying
Israeli operatives have done in regards tp American naval and
submarines programs and our missle technology programs...

No problem ...nothing to worry about...

But now, Israel wants the US to back their unilateral effort to violate the sovereign national
borders of Iran and to assist w/ satelitte technology and military 'eyes in the sky' support
for their soon up and coming bombing mission of the Iranian nuclear facilities, hidden deep
within their own country's borders.

This particular hot button issue, growing more intense every day, at the present
is a good segway into how twisted America's foreign policy has become in the middle east
and beyond.

While we know the oil rich nations of the middle east, are basically holding the West hostage
within reason, to the oil production quotas they set for the world, and the massive demand
for fossil fuel energy being placed on the world market by China and India and to a much
lesser extent Brazil, and others, there is a need to rethink perhaps our present foreign
policy in the mid east, if there is one...

What we do, most often is simply play the Arab nations off against the Israeli interests.
with an eye towards making sure we don't do anything to upset our jewish congresswomen
and men...and those who back them with their riches in this nation.

At the same time, we keep the Saudi's very happy as well, by buying hundreds of billions
worth of oil from them every year.

while we decry the Saudi's dependency and the OPEC cartel, we do very little inside this
nation to make our basic industries particularly the car industry and the public to
change their ways....

but beyond this stubborn problem created mainly by our own ignorance and greed
as a nation, we also then play into the most heated and most risky ventures in perhaps
the entire world at the moment; courting a nuclear sized meltdown of the stand off
between the nations of Iran and Israel....

With our AIPAC lobby firmly centered in DC and its seroius zionistic leanings, our
nation's jewish population has little to truly worry about from the US leaders in Congress
when it comes to their professed strong public loyalty to the principles and integrity of the
nation of Palestine and Israel in particular.

What the Jewish hard liners however want beyond this is something beyond what
most nations and most people have ever enjoyed; a perfect world and one in which
day to day threats are completely non existent; sorry Israel, it simply isn't either
very realistic nor the way this world works, as you know all too well...

You can take bombing runs w/ your advance military aircraft and use the skirts of
the world's last remaining super power and hold its political leaders hostage to
your perceived need for security, [we understand and we perfectly know there was
a true holocaust, we know, so don't worry]

but..when you seek to invade another nation's airspace and borders to unilaterally
take out a perceived threat from that nation's developing technological prowness and
growth resulting from that nation's own earned income, its called pre emptive war
and its called in plain and simple human relations an impermissble violation of
relationships between states.

I would like to take those who live near their problem neighbors to something which
many experienced all too long ago say about 230 million americans and about 300 million
Russians was called the Cold War....

...every day, each hour for over Forty Years, the populations of these great nation
states, were under the sociles sword of nuclear annihilation...remember?

and everyone else in the world was along for the ride....

and very little could be done about the same, until one or more nation's either blinked
or simply backed down and found a way to coexist w/o making or taking
very crazy steps.....

... like invading the other's national borders by advance military maneuvers
as Israel believes almost with a missonary zeal, that it has the divine right to do
w/in any nation that dares to oppose or present itself as its enemy

Security needs are paramount for Israel and this is understood in a very tough neighborhood.
Their citizens have been targeted for years w/ deadly suicide bombings and threats from
their Arab neighbors.

Internal policy splits within the Israeli nation are known the world over as are the
constant serious bickering within and among their neighbors. Even this
conflict was said to be the cause of the assasination of Robert Kennedy Jr. some
forty years ago this summer

So, go figure we are tired of hearing about it ok?
Can you just get along for the rest of our sake?

are you two nations or more, the ONLY populations on earth that have in history
have faced down each other in a very heated debate over national and soveriegn

can you avoid what is so obvious the human and historical mistaken path to
resolving such critical and material disputes?

Have you not learned from the bloody narratives of history and is war the ONLY
option such nations have in resolving such issues...

....and do we lay blame, on one side, say Iran, for wanting to become and enjoy the
benefit of the technology that Israel, the good neighbors already enjoy?

is this anti semtic to even think this way?

It reminds me of the things said by those who opposed Obama this past election...

if they made ANY remark about him that seemed to be the last bit critical or
indicting of his background, instantly, it seemed, the world of tim russert and company became
combined and were more than ready to label one a racists

....great journalism? or yellow dog day

the truth lies somewhere in the middle...
and if Kissinger could make some money off of the dispute, he would be speaking
up and out about the same...

but he's too wise to not know, what Israel wants, in terms of a total security grab, is
something left for warrior poets and romantic rulers like Napolean and Ho Chi Min

and that isn't very good in a new world order that has exponentially increased the
entire world markets dependency on one another as if there is only one
banker in the world and only one real market place...

Monday, September 3, 2007

Richard Olivito's Long Ago Take On Henry Kissinger and His Cosmotology and Where It Has Led The U.S. To Today

In 1981, I completed a hundred page thesis on Henry Kissinger for my graduation from undergrad from Oral Roberts University.

The topic of this thesis was the underlying metaphysical world view, if any, of one of the most important political figures in our times, Henry Kissinger.

This was completed at a time when Henry Kissinger was still very much, as he remains today, an active participant in our national life and even more so, in the affairs of Washington policy makers.

Instead of focusing on simply his statemanship or his geopolitics and concept of making the then rather cold war era, a global "equilibruim" for the three existing super powers as a 'real politik' answer to the then seemingly endless cold war era with all of its irony and potential for human destruction, Oral Roberts University graduate Richard Olivito's approach was to attempt to 'look beneath' the statecraft of this egnimatic secretary of state and key republican administration foreign policy architect and advisor and attempt to both discover and try to understand the implications of Henry Kissinger's own personal world view and how his own views on metaphysics played a role within his rather now somewhat quaint, if almost sentimental but highly influential foreign policy directives within his/our national foreign policy.

HK's often quoted favorite era was the 19th Century european system political balance of power' era. What was there about this particular system that he so admired? And what if any, did Kissingers own world view about this era enter into his modern day thinking to influence how this nation's foreign policy has been conducted since at least the Nixon administration?

This blog does not wish to fully recreate the world view of Kissinger nor does it completely follow or even detail Richard Olivito's undergraduate thesis [for which his professor, a PHD from Princeton University gave him the highest grade possible], but instead, it attempts to demonstrate how Olivito's understanding of Kissinger even from an earlier era, can today perhaps serve to provide a novel if not critical understanding of one of the leading influences of American foreign policy in the last forty years, but especially during the Nixon White house years and somewhat beyond.

The idea was generally known that Kissinger was not particularly a religious man. He was NOT known to be particularly orthodox, although born a jew and favorable to the notion of a jewish state. He was more aptly self admittedly an agnostic jew, particularly during his formative intellectual younger years. He was not against belief, but he certainly was also, no rabid proponent of any thing even remotely close to today's religious fervor and modern fundamentalism which has so sustained our present republicanism and middle eastern sectarian political and religious strife of the past forty years.

HK came of age during WWII and had been in the army during this period. How much action, if any he actually saw is not well known but it is better understood that he was in the intelligence community and again, influenced by a key mentor from that era, to seek advanced studies in both international studies and related historical/philosophy.

Kissinger was not particularly driven as a jewish individual and intellectual by any hard line view of what today can be described as a Zionistic jew or fundamentalist jewish philosophy in the outward proselytzing sense. This would have hardly passed as politically correct, at Harvard in the fifties and sixties.

Kissinger was also known not to be so committed an idealist so as to allow any democratic principles and/or "higher concepts" get in the way of his approach, personally , to "statecraft" as he liked to refer to foreign policy management and its applied studies.

As our ORU professor himself liked to say about Kissinger, as among higher institutions of eastern ivy leaque schools, Kissinger was viewed as something of an oddity but definitely important and unique character; a very bright individual who was willing to accept the practical and to use the means of power to justify desired ends, so long as it obtained the better goals of "enlightened self interest" and by this and thru this methodology, one could better contain the explosive "events" or "eventualities" of the world; even when necessary, one's most ardent opponents, who often times share such serious idealogical sentiments and world views,

Kissinger's applied foreign policy craft, included, where necessary, the means of creating a system that was tied to power politics, pure and simple, rather than attempting [or tempting] rational higher ends and idealogical goals, such as human rights or as for the communists, world domination thru the march of history.

What Kissinger sort of settled upon was something out of the past; a system of compromised and "equilibrium" of peace brought about not by constantly seeking the most democratic and most shrill of any one nation's idealogy, in any obvious or excessively crude display of national patriotism, but rather he sought only to 'balance' the needs of the major powers in such a way, that allowed for "flexibility" between such super powers in order to prevent them from going to war over ever scarce resources and/or perceived strategic needs.

i.e. think detente....
i.e. think trade openings with the 70's...

and you will see the most clear ideal of the present era super concervative republican party principle, Richard Nixon, looking over the raised wine glasses of his hosts, in meeting with the chief's of the communist state of china...

...and one will have to look not too much further, just to the right and see forever, well into the Wallmartian future, the ever pragmatist broker of that dinner, Henry Kissinger, smiling broadly and openly...behind the throne of any such paradoxical deal. [and, again, NOT IDEAL...but deal]

In fact, what was unique about Kissinger he liked to personalize the actual application of foreign policy concepts and views by studying "the strong men" of existing powers, including
Chairman Mao, Ho Chi Min and then leader of Egypt, Anwar Sadat and while making a study of them based on his own criteria, he built upon these personal observations, a pragmatic program to acheive a better understanding of where such leaders came from, what circumstances they derived within and what interests or ultimate aims or goals they historically sought.

Whether or not one had to openly value these leaders or note what they stood for, one HAD in Kissingers' view, respect where they came from and how they came to power.

Clearly absent from his study and/or world view, was in fact, any one set or loyalty to ANY one world view; i.e. democracy for Kissinger was the preferred national "policy" and this was because he both came to prominance within and also was used to American interests and america's political system.

He gave lip service to the ideals behind it and often said, it was the best interests of mankind.

Yet, one could read everything he wrote as an academician on his world view and still come away, after all the readings and studies were concluded and obtain a sense that what Kissinger was really after was not so much "making the world safe for democracy" or creating an american foreign policy that was singularly and uniquely based on any one singular priority or set of priorities, such as human rights ...for instance.

What Kissinger truly believed was in the best interests of not only American interests and that of the world, free or not so, was that in an era of nuclear capabilities and world wide potential for destruction from biological or chemical weapons, it was best to completely "tone down" one's higher ideals and simply in a word, as best as humanly and humanely, possible, get along.

No need for bloody revolutions based on utopian thoughts of humanity here. No need to spread democracy where it did not originate or suffice for major sacrifices.

It was a measured realism born from what he stated was his long view of history and the wars of european and former empires. What he said he discovered when he closely reviewed the hi story of the weastern world, was all too often, wars were fought for either simple purposes but often dressed up in clothes of "higher ideals" and/or "impossible demands and expectations" which then in turn, led or inexoribly ran nationalismi head on into equally stubborn leaders or national "higher purposes" or sentiments.

In a word, a world filled with leaders espousing idealogical excesses often led to disastorous results in history and when it did, even though it could inspire individual nations to great acts of self hood and self determination, it often if not more so, left the world in a mess and in a series of extented, low simmering or actual hot "cycle of wars" which in the end, undermined the very regimes and very goverments which fought such "rhetorical and idealogical" wars on such "higher principles" to begin with.

IN this manner, many observers understood Kissinger came to appreciate a particular german statesmen who thru a series of brilliant compromises with very serious friends and enemies, kept europe at peace for over 40 years or more during the 1800's.

This was not easily done and it was a singular achievement Kissinger believed by one who was willing to bascially compromise much of his own nationalistic ideals for the sake of maintaining what was called even then, "equilibrium"

This is a tempting model and a very pragmatic, if not wholly "realistic" approach to foreign policy.

It has often been refashioned, dressed up and redistributed. It was NOT necessarily what would pass today for neo con in the present sense. [that today's W's former policy creators, such as Rumsfield, Cheney, Libby and others "sold" to america, that there needs to be an "evil axis" that is to be identified and "rooted out" as a matter of our highest national purpose., making what passes today for american patriotism on par with any old run of the historical mill, jingoism]

In this sense, Kissinger could be viewed as NOT strictly philosophically supportive of what can be said of today's "terror fever" among our present presidential administration's "idealogically driven" national republican leaders.

Its hard to say, however, in a true Kissinger's world view, how much he would disagree with Bush and Cheney and Libby and his Wolfowitzian disciples.

Its not so much his foreign policy writings and statements but his world view, that Kissinger in fact, could be viewed as not having that much out of sync with what has happened under W.

In one sense, many could argue that he would say, that this is the very most dangerous kind of senior American foreign policy that any president could ever have engaged in; i.e. if idealogy as a "super idealogy" took precedent over "strategic planning" and the need for "balance in the system" and simply, pragmatic realism among world leaders, bush's neo con's not only failed their most senior mentor and lost sight of his most singularly critical "categorical imperative" [as HK liked to refer to his central tenets as, after his favorite pure philosopher...Immanual Kant]... but they also simply forgot what he so often blamed other major nations and historical figures, great and small for, ...

...when they did the exact same thing at moments in key pivotal historical contexts and settings, thereby NOT making their worlds any safer or more business or citizen friendly, but rather much more dangerious, much more explosive and utlimately prone to not only isolated wars, but serious, generational multiple national wars.

Kissinger's 'statecraft' in this sense, can be said to actually have to rise up and condemn the excesses of the idealogy of the present day adventurism of Bush W's neo con policy.

But why then hasn't he? Where are the voices of "rational equibrium and realism" today, on the right? Where were they six years ago in W's march to war in Iraq?

Why did it happen in this particular republican president's tenure, that caution was thrown to the wind, and unilaterilism overcome the "Metternichian strain" towards the center, with all of its potential for appeasing the monsters of today's modern historical forces as opposed to the sublime 18th Century balance of european powers?

Where did all of Kissinger's disciples go so wrong?

Perhaps, it has more to do with how Kissinger believed and so viewed the world, then what he ever stated, for decades as both a student of foreign policy or as when a secretary state as much as what he did when he has the opportunity to influence power and powerful men and women.

It is his particular belief system that perhaps, got his followers, and perhaps, even all the world today, into such a mess and quagmire that it will require extreme brilliance, if not a foreign policy miracle, to extract america from this current downward spiral and yet be able to retain its standing of any respect around the world.

Richard Olivito studied Kissinger over 25 years ago as senior in college and has because of this early intense study of this jewish american foreign policy and institutional leader, followed at times, his statements, appearances and forays into the limelight again and again with more than a mere passing interest.

The fact we are living in an era, that was even somewhat strongly influenced by this singular academic agnostic with sentimental but guarded hopes for the world, is enough to make one want to know more about what made his views so much a matter of interest to those on the right in Washington and elsewhere around the globe, so to attempt to remold their views of American foreign policy around his.

What is sometimes amazing about such studies and achieving some keen insights into such men and their world views, even when a quarter of century old, is how still relevant and clear [and sadly, in this writer's opinion] such one man's ideas and/or lack of committed ideals are
still so relevant to our present extremely tense world situation.

Did Kissinger's attempt to manipulate world events and powers into a "detente" of world super power relations, back fire? Did it do this, at least for the United States, one of his super pawns in the world chess game of who's on first?

Are the bizarre events of today's present, only but the significant outcroppings and results deriving from the very "historical context" that Kissinger, Nixon and all those who followed him and his influential ideas on the right, both inside and outside of their hight offices
and corridors of power, in D.C created and sought to put into play many decades ago now?

Did they mistake the need for a foreign policy which was loosed from the moral and philosophical moorings of a sturdy american "higher law" or "idealogy", with the intended idea of creating a 'brokered world peace" among concentrated nations of powerful spheres of influence with their own blindness of the basic human need and central spiritual required core of belief in something more than materialistic understanding of man and the ordering of national strategic governmental or world leaders' interests?

In short, did Kissinger and his disciples and heavy republican political leaders sacrifice too much of this nation's soul when he decided to "demythologize" and "drain the ideology" from America's foreign policy and its stated goals...admist their next twenty five years of power luncheons and shuttle diplomacy? What did they miss and what did they ignore in their reach for a world equilibrium to so miss the present imperative of this Arab "fundamentalist revolution", if indeed, this is the only serious issue, as the primary foreign policy issue of our time

These are but some of the questions, richard olivito intends to explore in this blog and invites any out there to weigh in on the same question.

No question or inquiry or statement is a wrong one here...just as no world leader, no matter how many people he mass murdered was NOT worth discussing, meeting and having lunch with, is true "kissingerinerian".

In the spirit of such 'restraint' and "objectivity" we find ourselves herein, seeking to find some answers to our modern uniquely american predicament in the present world order. Lets see if together we can find some of our own, by studing and discussing someone who not only inspired Olivito over two decades ago, to write a very long and long suffering undergrad thesis, during a critical time of his life, but one who has brought much controversy to the world, even our present world of foreign policy and its "applied science", of diplomacy inside our nation's present posture in the world.