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. 

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