On Fareed Zakaria GPS this week, 1-on-1 with the only man who has been U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Adviser simultaneously: Henry Kissinger. Kissinger shares his thoughts on Russia (he’s met Putin 20+ times), negotiating with Iran, and the GOP’s presidential candidates.
That, plus Israeli PM Netanyahu’s U.S. visit and the forgotten Middle East peace process, with Daniel Levy, Bret Stephens, Elliott Abrams, and Rula Jebreal.
And What in the World – real democracy at work in China’s Wukan village, and what it means for the country.
Here are some excerpts:
On the GOP
Henry Kissinger: I think when you are a candidate, the emotions of the moment and the emotions of your advisers have one set of impacts. When you're in the Oval Office and you know that you're part of a history and that the lives of millions of people are affected, you take a more comprehensive look. And the point is not whether they agree with me, but on certain issues, serious people of both parties have studied them for many decades. And while there's always a margin for change, there is rarely a margin for total reversal. And so, in that sense, I have every expectation that whoever emerges from the presidency will operate on that basis, on either side.
Henry Kissinger: He [Putin] is, above all, a Russian patriot who feels humiliated by the experience of the '90s, which were in the most formative period of his career. He is not anti-Western. When I first met him, he was very anxious to have a kind of strategic partnership with the United States. He is very resentful of what he interprets as intervention in Russian domestic affairs and even more, of course, in what he may interpret and does interpret as some American tendencies to support his political opponents in order to encourage his overthrow. But I believe that a dialogue, it's possible and that on specific issues, he can turn out to be a constructive partner.
Henry Kissinger: I am very uneasy with the so-called intelligence reports that say we don't know whether they're actually working on nuclear weapons. I think we should start from the premise that they are undergoing all this in order to achieve a military capability. I don't think that is a disputable point. But Iran is more isolated than it has ever been. So I can see why the Israelis would think that if they strike now, Iran will not have a great deal of international support.