This is an important article. Among the US foreign policy elites, there are multiple factions: globalist-realists like Kissinger, nationalist-realists (like Mike Scheuer), neocons (right-wing Trotskyists uber-Zionists), superhawks (e.g. John Bolton), liberal internationalists (most Democrats), human rights imperialists (Samantha Power), and cosmopolitan internationalists/rainbow globalists (the left-wing of the Democratic Party). The super-elite among the US power elite tends to be globalist-realists (e.g. the Rockefellers), and Kissinger has long been the spokesman for this faction. What Kissinger seems to be saying here is that American unipolar hegemony is dying and that the US power elite needs to be preparing for the transition to a transnational power elite similar to the transnational royal and aristocratic dynasties that existed in the pre-modern era, which is what the globalist-realists have traditionally favored anyway, along with the liberal internationalists and others further to their left, with American imperialism being a means to that end, not an end unto itself as it is for the neocons and superhawks.
With the White House continually provoking tensions against Russia and China, the doyen of American foreign policy, Henry Kissinger, dramatically warned Washington last week to either agree to a new international system or continue pushing tensions that are leading to a situation similar to the eve of World War One.
In a Chatham House webinar with former British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt last Thursday, 97-year-old Kissinger called on the U.S. to create a balance with existing global forces, adding
“if you imagine that the world commits itself to an endless competition based on the dominance of whoever is superior at the moment, then a breakdown of the order is inevitable. And the consequences of a breakdown would be catastrophic.”
The veteran diplomat urged the U.S. to understand that not every issue has “final solutions” and warned
“if we don’t get to an understanding with China on that point, then we will be in a pre-World War One-type situation in which there are perennial conflicts that get solved on an immediate basis but one of them gets out of control at some point.”
However, the idea that the U.S. should stop imposing its will on everyone else will not be easily accepted in Washington. This is attested by the sharp rhetoric and personal insults that U.S. President Joe Biden continually levels against his Russian and Chinese counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.
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