Why is Kissinger the only one who dares utter a few common sense propositions? From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
Love him or hate him, Henry Kissinger has been awkwardly frank amid the neocon-ization of Washington’s ruling elite in the last year or so.
He was lambasted by the blue check marks in May when he dared to suggest Ukraine should cede territory to Russia with the goal of peace.
“I hope the Ukrainians will match the heroism they have shown with wisdom,” Kissinger warned an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, adding with his famous sense of realpolitik that the proper role for the country is to be a neutral buffer state rather than the frontier of Europe.
And we suggest his latest remarks will be met with a wall of group-think-tank-ism attacks as he dares to suggest it is not a good idea for Ukraine to join NATO.
Mr. Kissinger courted controversy earlier this year by suggesting that incautious policies on the part of the U.S. and NATO may have touched off the crisis in Ukraine.
He saw no choice but to take Vladimir Putin’s stated security concerns seriously and believes that it was a mistake for NATO to signal to Ukraine that it might eventually join the alliance:
“I thought that Poland — all the traditional Western countries that have been part of Western history — were logical members of NATO,” he says.
But Ukraine, in his view, is a collection of territories once appended to Russia, which Russians see as their own, even though “some Ukrainians” do not.