In the just concluded debate between Obama & McCain, the discussion soon came to Iran and all of a sudden, both candidates began a tussle over whose position passed the Kissinger test when it came to negotiating with dictators.
Here's the exchange according to Marc Ambinder
10:08: Obama: Ahmadinejad is not the most powerful person in Iran. So he might not be the most powerful person to talk to. Obama: "Sen. McCain mentioned Henry Kissinger, who is one of his advisers,...who said...we should meet with Iran without preconditions."
10:13: Obama and McCain sparring over what Kissinger said; Obama defending himself on preconditions...but haven't we heard this debate before? A dozen times before?
Me just thinks the back and forth was not necessary.
To prove that Obama couldn't win on that front, Dr Kissinger gave a clarification within minutes:
"Senator McCain is right. I would not recommend the next President of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the Presidential level. My views on this issue are entirely compatible with the views of my friend Senator John McCain. We do not agree on everything, but we do agree that any negotiations with Iran must be geared to reality."
Is all of this any proof of the ubiquity, importance or relevance of Henry Kissinger?