Monday, May 28, 2018

Kissinger

Still going strong at the age of ninety-five, the remarkable Dr Henry Kissinger today celebrates his birthday.

He has penned a long dissertation on the subject of artificial intelligence.  So long was it that I gave up at somewhere around a quarter of the way through.  Never the less, he sounds a warning that humankind needs to take care when dealing with this potentially dangerous phenomenon.

There are no signs of dementia in this old war horse whose long career includes service as (a) a sergeant in the US Army during WW2, (b) National Security Adviser to the President and (b) Secretary of State.

Love him or hate him, he will be rated as one of the Great Men of the twentieth century.

8 comments:

Hal said...

A murderer and a war criminal. No wonder you are so enamoured.

David said...

Adolf has never found a war criminal or murderer he didn't admire. Just look at his fawning over Manson in the post below, or his list of war mongers he admires. No surprise, either, that he has a picture of Trump in his wallet.

Noel said...

Bollocks.
In 1982 he missed the opportunity to drive the North Vietnamese to the table when they had just been defeated on the battlefield and were suffering from Linebacker 1.

Noel said...

Sorry 1972

Noel said...

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/10/henry-kissinger-history-legacy-213237

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David said...

Kissinger symbolises the pornography of power. In 1968, he was negotiating a Vietnam peace treaty in Paris for President Johnson. He did a deal with the Republicans to sabotage the peace negotiations to help secure Richard Nixon's election to president. In return, the world's self-styled "greatest peacemaker" would be promoted under the new administration. Kissinger's venality extended the war by four years and cost the lives of millions of Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians - not to mention many thousands of US servicemen.

Indictments should also include deliberate mass killings of civilian populations in Indochina, collusion in mass murder and assassination in Bangladesh, the personal planning of the murder of General Schneider in Chile, involvement in a plan to murder Archbishop Makarios in Cyprus and the incitement and enabling of genocide in East Timor.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43377.The_Trial_of_Henry_Kissinger

Yes, very easy to see why Adolf loves him.

Psycho Milt said...

Love him or hate him, he will be rated as one of the Great Men of the twentieth century.

Depends how you define "Great." If it just covers "had a strong influence on major events," men like Heinrich Himmler and Lavrenty Beria also qualify. But if it's also intended to imply some kind of endorsement of the activities, one would hope men like Kissinger wouldn't make the grade.