Henry Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State

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The issue before us is whether the 21st century belongs to China. And I would say that China will be preoccupied with enormous problems internally, domestically with its immediate environment, and that I have enormous difficulty imagining it will be dominated by China, and indeed, as I will conclude, I believe that the concept that some country will dominate the world, is in itself a misunderstanding of the world in which we now live...In the geopolitical situation, China historically has been surrounded by a group of smaller countries, which themselves were not individually able to threaten China, but which united, could cause a threat to China, and therefore historically, Chinese foreign policy can be described as "barbarian management". So China had never had to deal in a world of countries of approximately equal strength, and so to adjust to such a world, is in itself a profound challenge to China, which now has 14 countries on its borders, some of which are small, but can project their nationality into China, some of which are large, and historically significant, so that any attempt by Chinese to dominate the world, would involve in a disastrous for the peace of the world.

There is nothing we are doing with the Soviet Union that you do not know.

We have overcomplicated the issue... The United States has been attacked on its territory with thousands of casualties. All the United States is saying it cannot tolerate weapons of mass destruction in that region.

Any fact that needs to be disclosed should be put out now or as quickly as possible, because otherwise the bleeding will not end.

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.

I hope you don't learn too fast.

If you do not know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.

A catastrophic outcome in Iraq would affect directly or indirectly all members of the (NATO) alliance as well as countries from South East Asia to the northern hemisphere,

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.

Even a paranoid can have enemies.

I think it was a successful trip. The president made the basic point of his strategy and of his concerns in a number of countries.

If you mean by "military victory" an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support, I don't believe that is possible.

A conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if it does not lose.

At a moment when the international situation and the United Nations are in a stage of extraordinary transition.

Even a paranoid has some real enemies.

I think the only way to go is to do what they think is the right thing and explain it as well as they can to the American people, as the president is attempting to do with these speeches. The public will not forgive you for losing even if it seems to reflect what they thought they wanted.

I'm confident John Bolton will bring peace to the world before he brings peace to his relations with The New York Times,

A country that demands moral perfection in its foreign policy will achieve neither perfection nor security.

At the end of that (peace) process, a Palestinian state was always inevitable... What other attribute could the territory that would be left to the Palestinians have?

Ever since the secret trip to China, my own relationship with Nixon had grown complicated. Until then I had been an essentially anonymous White House assistant. But now his associates were unhappy, and not without reason, that some journalists were giving me perhaps excessive credit for the more appealing aspects of our foreign policy while blaming Nixon for the unpopular moves. These tendencies were given impetus by an interview I granted to the Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, without doubt the single most disastrous conversation I ever had with any member of the press. I saw her briefly on Nov. 2 and 4, 1972, in my office. I did so largely out of vanity. She had interviewed leading personalities all over the world. Fame was sufficiently novel for me to be flattered by the company I would be keeping. I had not bothered to read her writings; her evisceration of other victims was thus unknown to me.

I think there is a chance of this working as long as ... at the end of what is being done, the terrorists should not be able to say that they got us to do things that we would not have done except for terrorism,

In relations with many domestically weak countries, a radio transmitter can be a more effective form of pressure than a squadron of B-52s.

A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure.

Because of the axiom that guerrillas win if they do not lose, stalemate is unacceptable... the military challenge in Iraq is more elusive.

Every civilization that has ever existed has ultimately collapsed.

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German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State