March 10th, 2012
02:47 PM ET

Watch GPS: Kissinger on the GOP, Putin and Iran

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.

On Russia

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.

On Iran

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.

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    March 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Qu'est-ce qu'a la declaration au dessus a voir avec la theme en que nous parlons ici? Ici, nous parlons sur Henry Kissinger et ses monsonges mondiaux. Voila une question, parlera Henry kissinger sur la bouleversement de Pres. Salvador Allende en Chili en 1973 avec la C.I.A. en le remplacant avec le dictateur le plus affreux du 20ieme siecle? Je suppose que non!!!

      March 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply

        patton, putins goons are multilingual no doubt, how many languages do you comment in? is it $10 per comment you get paid?

        March 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • j. von hettlingen

      Attention, ce n'est pas un endroit d'offrir des putes! Casse-toi!

      March 11, 2012 at 5:23 am | Reply
    • Muhammer

      You know, there is something that lurks deep in all of us that likes to defy aurtihoty figures in this manner. Take Rheinquist's clerks for instance. You know darn well that as his senility advances they are, in chambers of course, putting little sticky notes on his back that read, "kick me" – well, why wouldn't they? They are having to remind him to zip his pants after he urinates and prompting him to wipe his mouth while dining. Call it having a bit of sport or simple defiance, it doesn't matter to me, it's all the same.

      August 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  2. JeanClaude

    Putain vas autre part

    March 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      C'est vraiment drole, on croit que du parles de Vladimir Putin!

      March 12, 2012 at 4:21 am | Reply
  3. Hamma Mirwaisi

    Question for Mr. Henry Kissinger

    The young US in very short time beat the people of the world in technology and people like him used that power to run the world.

    What is his solution for the US when other nation beat the US in technology? This means over night the US military power will be powerless to defend the USA. After all that is what happened to Soviet Union not too long ago.

    The US and EU used humanity method toward Russian people. But other nations are not that human, they can annihilate the people of the US and EU because of the policy of people like him.

    Mr. Henry Kissinger before departing this world, what is your solution for such scenario?

    Hamma Mirwaisi
    Author of the, “Return of the Medes”
    and "An Atomic Iran" books.

    March 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      What makes you think that the leaders in the U.S. and the E.U. are any more humaine that the leaders in the rest of the world, Hamma? Remember who bombed North Vietnam back in the 1960's and who used brutal tactics in Algeria and the British who retaliated horribly against the Boers in South Africa during the 1900's? Think about it!!!

      March 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply

        you must be paid more as you comment more then anyone i have seen before, putins goons hard at work!

        March 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
      • j. von hettlingen

        @Alla Wagner, the french words "putes" from me and "putain" from JeanClaude have nothing to do with Vladimir Putin. Look them up, before you say so.

        March 12, 2012 at 4:18 am |
  4. j. von hettlingen

    Kissinger said: "So I can see why the Israelis would think that if they strike now, Iran will not have a great deal of international support". Does he really believe the international community would endorse Israel's action?

    March 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • Najda

      Do you really believe the IC will not fully support Israel?

      March 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
      • Ira Rosenfreak

        Najda, what makes you think the "IC" (I am assuming you're trying to abbreviate International gives a rat's ass about Israel?? Don't confuse zionist US/EU with the International Community. There are a lot more countries than the handful who call themselves the so-called International Community.

        March 13, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  5. j. von hettlingen

    Yes, Putin himself could surprise the world and might carry out some reforms. BUT the question is, whether his entourage is willing to see their interests jeopardised!

    March 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
    • Najda

      "Jeopardized"???? How???Why????by whom???for what purpose? Explain yourself Abdul.

      March 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply

    iran and the shiiazim are evil attack iran now and we will get red of syria and all the terrorists

    dont allow iran to enter the immunity zone in any price.................Imagine if hitler did that you , your mothers and sisters and all your family will be slaves to the nazzies...iran muslims evil thugs of shiia cults are worse than hitler , make no mistake iran will use any thing because they want to start a war as this is will bring what so called AL MAHDI AL is like the shiia massaiua to them , and the only way the MAHDI WILL COME BACK IS BY WAR, KILLING ZENA MOTAA ADULTERY AND CAIOUS thats what the sick shiia doctorine says in the all shiia and remove them from this earth and send them to the 4o vergins that they are waiting for...even some are dreaming to sleep with vergin mary in heaven cause she is vergin , so they pray extra prayers to see who is the one will be the lucky one to sleep with her in heaven that what they teach.

    March 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply

    attack russian interests now

    the muslims and arabs should attack russian interests any where every where inbcluding all embassies as russia veto on syria allow the killing of 17,000 women and children on the hands of the terrorists regieme of bashar al kalb of syria and hizboallah those evil getting weapons from evil russia and money from the great evil iran to kill daily backed by the evil iraqi shiia who provide men and shiia thugs to cross to syria and kill sunni...syria must be attacked if i was a leader in the middleast i wage war aganist russia and now in every mean possible until i get red of those communists puten and his followers...

    March 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply

    George Patton

    Here goes another right-wing idiot vomiting his ignorance on this web page above. Has this bozo no shame? Evidently not!!!

    March 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply

    iraqi shiia and iran shiia making fatwa to allow the killing of syrian sunni!!!as shiia islam allow killing

    منذ بدأت مريم رجوي, الرئيسة المنتخبة من قبل المقاومة الايرانية عملها الديبلوماسي الدؤوب من أجل كسر جدار العزلة والاقصاء الذي فرضه النظام الايراني على المجلس الوطني للمقاومة الايرانية, شهد العالم كله تحولات نوعية في الموقف الدولي تجاه هذا التيار المعارض الذي يخوض نضالا مستمرا منذ أكثر من ثلاثين عاما ضد النظام الايراني وقد نجحت مريم في اقناع الدول الأوروبية باخراج منظمة مجاهدي خلق من لائحة الارهاب تقود الان حملة غير مسبوقة لاقناع الادارة الأميركية بتصحيح موقفها من المقاومة والشعب الايراني عبر اخراج منظمة مجاهدي خلق من تلك اللائحة السوداء.

    «السياسة» التقتها عن قرب وأجرت معها اول لقاء تتحدث فيه مريم للصحافة الخليجية :

    *كيف ستتعاملون مع الاصرار العراقي – الايراني على نقل سكان أشرف الى خارج العراق ؟

    – أشرف بالنسبة للشعب الايراني بمثابة منار للأمل ونموذج لا نظير له في مجتمع ديمقراطي والذي يمنحهم العزم لكي يقفوا بوجه الدكتاتورية السوداء المختبئة خلف ستار الدين , وأود القول هنا ان النظام الايراني قلق من التحولات السورية فاذا سقطت الدكتاتورية في سورية , فان واحداً من أهم أركان نفوذه في المنطقة سيتلاشى.

    لهذا السبب يريد النظام قبل سقوط النظام السوري أن يتأكد من أمرين : الاول القضاء على أشرف وسكانه , والاخر الحصول على القنبلة النووية , لكي يتمكن من خلال هذين المكسبين التغلب على مشكلاته .

    March 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply

    March 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  7. Joseph Oddie

    I enjoy GPS because I covet the civility and organized expression of opinion on your panels. There appears to be a respect that your panels exhibit as compared to other talk shows. Your show last week, 03/4/11 was an exception. I discontinued viewing the show close to half of its run time. It became a cacaphony of voices with overly excited panel members shouting over one another. If you continue to do this, you have become just like the rest of the Sunday morning talk shoes.

    March 11, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • Najda

      "I enjoy GPS because I covet the civility and organized expression of opinion on your panels."
      Stop with the Farsi translator, this is so funny, too funny.

      March 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  8. Bobby Reilman

    So, Kissinger basically says that no matter who we vote for, there will be no major changes in U.S. foreign policy. Why? Just b/c the commander in chief is at the forefront of history and cannot make but one choice or a very narrow range of choices. Translation: we could another vietnam, more shock and awe, maybe more M.A.D. Mistakes in history perhaps cannot corrected b/c we are incapable of "major reversals"

    March 11, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
  9. Betty Kiel

    Mr. Fareed Zakaria, we watch GPS before church each Sunday because your presentation of information is usually unparallel and your choice of guests is uplifting. Your show is an excellent source on current events and world affairs– GPS is one of the best shows on CNN. The admire the following about your show: 1. Concise Reporting 2. Statistics & Facts 3. Worldwide View (substantiated by precise information) 4. Unbiased Integrity in reporting news items based on factual information- verified and not lending support to political rhetoric. 5. Historical Research and honesty in Reporting

    Congratulations, you are the "Best"- "Gold Metal" Reporter today. We applaud your Integrity & Unbiased excellence in reporting world affairs!

    Thank You!
    Betty and Kimberly Kiel

    March 11, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • Joyce Gibbs

      I agree with your comments 100%. I enjoy GPS more than any other news program currently offered for the exact same reasons you so eloquently stated. The interview with Mr. Kissinger exemplified the professionalism of this program. It was so refreshing to listen to this seasoned veteran of the political arena offer such thoughtful, concise responses on world affairs, while very diplomaticaly deferring from responding to comments on current political campaigns. Our current leaders throughout the world should heed his advice and not voice their opinions based on emotion and consider the consequences of their statements.

      March 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  10. M. H. Rudolph

    All very good that Kissinger believes that candidates will step away from campaign rhetoric regarding foreign policy, but it would have been nice if he'd been asked to advise voters how to distinguish between those who would be more restrained and thoughtful once in office and those who believe their own ravings and would be dangerous for our country and our world.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  11. Ihsan

    I wish you have spaired mr Kissinger the embarrassment of his "senior moments" . Mr Kissinger seemed forgetfull and less alert in commenting on your questions . We love Henry and have the utmost respect for him , but please let him fade into the sunset of his life with the dignity and iconic image that He deserves.
    I differ with Dr Kissinger on many issues , bot I love to keep the image that I keep in my mind during a talk Witth Him one summer in Kent ,Connicticut
    Please have a heart and leave Henry alone.
    Respectfulu yours سلام

    March 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply

    putin is nostalgic for soviet union, for power in hands of few, putin is no patriot as russians or other nations in that union had anything they that they are nostalgic for. underestimating love of freedom, love of good life for their future generation is not very diplomatic of mr kisinger. putin is no patriot, putin is moronic, pour hungry maniac that is taking his otherwise great nation to distraction. thank God russians woke up, putin is terrified as he should be

    March 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply

    putin has a new (old) propaganda source, what is driving him? does he think putin will help with iran? is old age making him see rainbows when he looks into the eyes of putin?
    ps: pardon few spelling glitches its auto correct messing up...

    March 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  14. A Rudolph

    I tuned in at the very end of the broadcast,and don't know what he said, but before you trust anything Eliott Abrams says, recall his role in the Iran-Contra Affair. He will say anything that supports his position, even if it's not true. If you insist on using him as a commntator, alert your audience. Wikipedia: "During investigation of the Iran-Contra Affair, Lawrence Walsh, the Independent Counsel tasked with investigating the case, prepared multiple felony counts against Abrams but never indicted him.[22] Instead, Abrams entered into a plea agreement with Walsh. Abrams pled guilty to two misdemeanors of withholding information from Congress.[23] He was sentenced to a $50 fine, probation for two years, and 100 hours of community service. However, Abrams was pardoned by President George H. W. Bush, in December 1992 (as he was leaving office following his loss in that year in the U.S. presidential election). On February 5, 1997, the D.C. Court of Appeals publicly censured Abrams for giving false testimony on three occasions before congressional committees. Although a majority of the court voted to impose a public censure, three judges in the majority would have imposed a suspension of six months, and a fourth judge would have followed the recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility that Abrams be suspended for a year."

    March 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  15. Luis Melendez-Albizu

    Dear Fareed:

    It never stops amazing me how and why Mr. Henry Kissinger is treated with such reverence by the American media. Mr. Kissinger is himself a war criminal. While acting as Secretary of State he ordered, planned and organized the dirty campaign of discredit and subsequent violent coup d etat by the military dictator Augusto Pinochet against Chile's legally elected President Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973. This led to the death of over 50,000 chileans by Pinochet's death squads. Mr. Kissinger also openly supported other brutal military dictatorships in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brasil, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador, which caused the untold death of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children throughout Latin America, and the continued impoverishment of those countries. That atrocious policy state-run murder was later followed by Mr. Elliot Abrams when he was President Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America. Mr. Kissinger was also instrumental in organizaing "Operacion Condor" which was a joint effort by these military dictatorships, led by the CIA, to eliminate their respective opponents that may be hiding in other countries, and which led, for examle, to the assassination of former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier in Washington DC. Mr. Kissinger has the blood of untold millions of innocent victims in his hands. Yet, he is treated with respect, when he is no different to former Serbian President Slobodan Milošević, who was correctly indicted for war crimes committed in the Balkans and who died in prison.

    March 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Thank you, Luis. I couldn't have said it better!!!

      March 12, 2012 at 9:38 am | Reply
      • Najda

        BJ coming.

        March 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  16. Nworkload

    Didnt president Nixon have a rule about not letting isreal firsters being banned from set or influence us middle east policy

    March 11, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
    • Najda

      Stop using the Farsi translator. Noone can understand you.

      March 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  17. rightospeak

    Why even listen to this war criminal ?. He is evil and has done evil deeds-he has a twisted mind and whatever comes out of his month is in defense of Israel -we know the spin.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
    • Najda

      You are so right. Let's have a necktie party.

      March 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
      • Najda


        March 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  18. SHIIAZIM = EVIL= terrorists= russia=666

    it is time to take stand aganist Iran terrorizim and aggression, and aganist syrian shiia thugs aggression and Iraqi shiia thugs killers those are helping hizboallah and all terror group with money and russia send the weapons to those shiia thugs from iran, iraq and syria to destroy lebanon, bahrain hamas iraqi sunni and syrian sunni today along those shiia thugs killed 150 women and children just because they are sunni , this is what shiia islam all about, and make no mistake when those shiia evil gets the nic weapoins they will use it, YOU HAVE TO UNDESTAND WHY,,,THE SHIIA WANT TO SEE WAR, CAIOUS , ADULTERY AND KILLING BECAUSE THEY BELIVE THAT AL MAHDI AL MONTADHAR WHAT SO CALLED SHIIA MASAIA WILL APPEAR WHEN THAT HAPPEN...THEY ARE PURE EVIL BEILEVE IN THIS EVIL MAN CALLED THE INVIBLE MASSAIA...

    March 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  19. Mohammad A Dar

    Do not expect any thing honoest from hindu Jew Kissinger , criminal self centered, any thing out of his mouth will be nothing but hinduism. absurdity to favor his his hindu Judaism, criminal self center ism in support of hindu Jew's, criminal self centered.

    March 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  20. Alan McNab

    There are lots of other political shows I could watch if I wanted to hear the babble of panelists talking over one another. Unfortunately the panel discussions on your last two shows (4 and 11 March) were terrible – just a bunch of noise. Do the panelists really think talking over someone provides any information or helps their argument ? Perhaps you could show all panelists excerpts from viewer remarks concerning this problem.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
  21. S. Russell

    I have found much value in GPS over the past year but have found in the last two or three panel discussions that people are talking over each other to the point of distraction. I hope Fareed will exercise more control and keep the guest members on track and under control. The Jerry Springer show is not a model to follow.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  22. joe

    henry's best days, according to henry, were in his 40's. unfortunately, so was his thoughts and theories. although some people think those days were US worst days. nevertheless, henry should realize he couldn't possibly live in that bubble.

    March 31, 2012 at 12:19 am | Reply
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