Thursday, March 15, 2007

Kissinger Redux

News that John McCain is being endorsed by and getting advice from Henry Kissinger confirms how far off track the Senator’s Straight Talk Express has gone.

“When I have a question about something that’s going on in the world,” McCain told an interviewer, “I call Dr. Kissinger and he is able to connect the dots for me.”

There is no better way to state the irony of this than to quote the New Republic blog, The Plank:

“McCain, who spent five-and-a-half years in a North Vietnamese prison camp, turns for advice to the man who was responsible for sabotaging the Paris Peace Talks in 1968, and thus keeping the Vietnam war going for several more years.”

For those who may be puzzled by the reference to Kissinger as a "ladies man” in that post, here is the explanation for that:

In 1972, when Henry K was connecting dots for Nixon, he was a bachelor about town who went hog wild over starlets after Frank Sinatra introduced him to Jill St. John.

I sent Nora Ephron, of later “Sleepless in Seattle” fame, to interview the unlikely sex symbol and he told her the secret of his charm: “Now when I bore people, they think it’s their fault.”

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