Obama on Kissinger – Not surprisingly – McCain was right

During a now famous exchange with Senator John McCain in the first Presidential debate – Obama falsely claimed that Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and renown Foreign Policy expert,  would support Obama’s stated intent of meeting, personally and without pre-condition, with the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Obama has repeatedly stated, that during the first year of his administration, that he, Obama, would meet with some of the worlds worse tyrants.                                                                                                             http://time-blog.com/real_clear_politics/2008/05/obamas_moment_1.html

Originally Obama made the pledge during campaign speeches. Subsequently, in a CNN presidential candidates debate in July 2007, Obama was asked to confirm that he would be willing “without precondition” to meet with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea during the first year of his administration. Obama’s response, “I would and the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them — which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration — is ridiculous.” http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed2/idUSN2635405920080527 

Actually, Barack, it has been a guiding principle of all the civilized nations, for quite sometime now.      

You might think that Barack’s first statement was quite enough, however, Barack went on to add that it was a disgrace that we have not spoken to them.”  Obama, apparently, doesn’t grasp the concept that you can communicate with a foreign country without the top leaders of the countries meeting face to face. http://copiousdissent.blogspot.com/2007/07/obama-promises-to-meet-with-dictators.html

The only thing that could be more outrageous than Obama’s statement that Doctor Kissinger would  support his foolish position, is the thought process that allowed Barack to believe his comment would go unchallenged. Really, what was he thinking?

Senator McCain immediately begged to differ, saying that Kissinger, his friend of 35 years, believes quite the opposite — as would any foreign policy realist who was not entirely clueless of how the real world works.

Barack then attempted to back-pedal out of this mess of his own making, but he stumbled and then fell on his face. Again, Barack invoked Henry Kissinger, insisting that the Doctor was a supporter of his illogical position.  

Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard contacted Kissinger shortly after the exchange to find out who was right.

Hayes reports that “Henry Kissinger believes Barack Obama misstated his views on diplomacy with US adversaries and is not happy about being mischaracterized,” and quotes Dr Kissinger as saying: “Senator McCain is right. I would not recommend the next President of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the Presidential level. My views on this issue are entirely compatible with the views of my friend Senator John McCain. We do not agree on everything, but we do agree that any negotiations with Iran must be geared to reality.” http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2008/09/tws_exclusive_kissinger_unhapp.asp

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