digm provide examples of ideological distortion\r\nlegitimized by a value system immune\r\nto critical scrutiny. That Kissinger\r\nis probably unaware of the hierarchy of\r\nnormative control that determines his\r\nown thinking does not mean he is off the\r\nhook. A "self-revising" analystâ€”a bold\r\nthinker unbound by institutional loyalties\r\nand personal ambition â€”would deliberately\r\nseek the distinction between\r\nvalues and norms. Critically examining\r\nnorms â€”in this case, the continued utilitv\r\nof NATO as an institution â€”should\r\nnot be mistaken for attacking core values\r\nâ€”American nahonal interests â€”and\r\nthus proposing a new hierarchy of control.\r\nKissinger's advocacy of a missile-defense\r\ns\\'stem is an example of his ideological\r\nthinking. "With all respect for the views of\r\nallies and other important countries, the\r\nUnited States cannot condemn its population\r\nto permanent vulnerability," says\r\nKissinger, a little pompously, before proceeding\r\nto list arguments against missile\r\ndefense in order to refute them. He does\r\nnot listâ€”and, tlierefore, does not answerâ€”\r\nthe right ones: the terrorist threats that, after\r\nSeptember 11, may well be biological\r\nrather than nuclear and that the method of\r\ndelivery will be a smuggled suitcase rather\r\nthan a ballistic missile. More importantly,\r\nKissinger does not seeâ€”or, anyway, does\r\nnot sayâ€”that the missile-defense "philosophy"\r\nassumes the desirability of global\r\nhegemony...
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