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Daniel W. Drezner

Line of the day that nearly made me choke on my waffles

Henry Kissinger, “Team of Heavyweights,” Washington Post, December 5, 2008:  The maxim that the national security adviser should act as a traffic cop, not a participant in the policy process, is more theoretical than practical. Really, Henry?  Whatever do you base this on?  In all fairness, it’s not a bad op-ed, and includes this insightful ...

Henry Kissinger, “Team of Heavyweights,” Washington Post, December 5, 2008: 

The maxim that the national security adviser should act as a traffic cop, not a participant in the policy process, is more theoretical than practical.

Really, Henry?  Whatever do you base this on?  In all fairness, it’s not a bad op-ed, and includes this insightful point:  “Geopolitical and strategic considerations have no organic constituency. Though a Policy Planning Council exists, its activities are often shunted off into non-operational, semi-academic sideshows or, most frequently, into speechwriting.”  I’ll have more to say about that in the coming year.  UPDATE:  Swampland’s Karen Tumulty offers some further context with regard to Kissinger and Obama. 

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the author of Theories of International Politics and Zombies. His latest book is The Toddler in Chief. Twitter: @dandrezner

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