There was only one Kissinger

When Richard Nixon was elected President of the United States in 1968 he inherited the international Cold War and the hot war…

There was only one Kissinger | tovima.gr

When Richard Nixon was elected President of the United States in 1968 he inherited the international Cold War and the hot war in Viet Nam from Lyndon Johnson (who had succeeded John F. Kennedy).

The American Security Council was called upon to tackle this particularly dangerous situation. The US Secretary of State Rogers, National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, the chief of the CIA, the chief of the Armed Forces and other officials formed this council, under Nixon.

Rogers and Kissinger were complete opposites and it didn’t take long for them to clash while working for the Security Council. Rogers argued that foreign policy was his business and Kissinger was claiming Rogers’ powers. Nixon ended this conflict when he sided with Kissinger. Rogers resigned and departed, with Kissinger taking all of his powers and eventually even being appointed Secretary of State.

That is how the era of secret diplomacy began, which carefully prepares the solution to international problems in the background.

With secret negotiations Kissinger managed to close the wound of the Viet Nam War and opened the doors to China. The American Secretary of State went to China and had long and as it turns out constructive talks with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai. Nobody knew about this before the official announcements were made.

The story continues and the contemporaries walk in the footsteps of the elders. These days, for example, the Greek affairs are being discussed at the Euroworking Group, where the Greek side is being represented, without any publicity, by the Prime Minister’s associate, the lawyer Stavros Papastavrou.

The results of the Greek secret diplomacy will soon be revealed.

Stavros P. Psycharis

Originally published in the Sunday print edition

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