Courtesy of Charlotte Iserbyt
This article, “KISSINGER OUT OF THE CLOSET” is written for the edification of Mr. Donald Trump, candidate for President of the USA, who met with Mr. Henry Kissinger recently.
The following text has been taken from an article in the Washington Times, 12/08/02 entitled “Can Kissinger be Trusted?”
(As a footnote to this article, this writer met with Mr. Glagolev, defector from the Soviet Union, at a small dinner in his honor, hosted by the Maine Conservative Union, in Portland, Maine, prior to his (Glagolev’s) appearance at a conference held by Maine’s Chamber of Commerce, at which Asst. Defense Secretary Warnke spoke in regard to U.S. defense superiority vis-a-via the Soviet Union. I was involved in inviting Mr. Glagolev to present his views on this subject., ie. that the Soviet Union military capabilities were , in fact, superior to those of the United States. Mr. Glagolev’s comments at this small dinner were identical to the views expressed in the quote included in the Washington Inquirer article.
In an article titled “Who Surrendered Vietnam” (Washington Inquirer, Feb. 12, 1982), Igor S. Glagolev, wrote of a secret trip Mr. Kissinger made to the Soviet Union in December 1967. Mr. Glagolev, a defector from the Soviet Union, was identified in the article and in the March 1982 issue of Air Force magazine as a former Soviet arms control expert and part-time adviser on foreign policy to Politburo member V.V. Grishin.
In his article, Mr. Glagolev stated that in 1967, prior to the Kissinger visit, he had been asked to present a policy paper to the Politburo regarding continued support for the North Vietnamese war effort. His paper, which was discussed in the Politburo, advised that, because N. Vietnam was losing the military conflict, the Soviet Union should cut aid to the Ho Chi Minh regime. He contended “There was no doubt in the minds of the Soviet generals and admirals, including my assistants, that the communists were losing the military war in Vietnam. North Vietnam was half destroyed, and it could be fully destroyed in a short time.”
As Glagolev put it: “Such a reduction in the crucial Soviet aid would stop the communist offensive. It meant that South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos would remain free.”
Unfortunately, the new KGB chairman, Yuri Andropov, had other ideas. He knew that, while U.S. military leaders were advocating continued resistance to a communist takeover in South Vietnam, influential voices in the media and the Johnson administration were pushing for a bombing halt and withdrawal of America troops. Among these was Henry Kissinger.
Did Mr. Kissinger go on record to the American people with his views, resigning his position in the government if necessary? No. Instead he made a secret trip to Moscow in December 1967 and made a confidential speech in the Moscow “House of Scholars” before G. Arbatov, director of the Institute for the USA and Canada, representatives of other Soviet agencies, including the KGB and Mr. Glagolev. In his speech, Mr. Kissinger implied the United States would stop the war in Vietnam unilaterally. In so doing, he gave Andropov just the ammunition he needed to support his position of continued aid to North Vietnam.
A sidebar accompanying the Times articles cites as a career highlight Mr. Kissinger’s 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for “efforts to negotiate a peaceful end to the Vietnam War,” a testimony to his duplicity and personal ambition above all else. His “peace efforts included agreeing to overlook 140,000 North Vietnamese regular army forces still in South Vietnam and his willingness to leave more than 2,000 U.S. prisoners of war and servicemen missing in action (MIA’s) in North Vietnam, most of whom are still unaccounted for. His Nobel Peace Price was gained at the expense of the lives of those servicemen and the betrayal of our South Vietnamese ally.”
Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
U.S. Department of Education