The Coming Ordeal

The Coming Ordeal
The Coming Ordeal\r\nby Srdja Trifkovic\r\nDoes America Need a Foreign Policy?\r\nhy Henry Kissinger\r\nNew York: Simon & Schuster;\r\n352 pp., $30.00\r\nThis latest book b\\' the former sccretan'\r\nof state illustrates the difficult}'\r\nof separating a piece of writing from its\r\ncreator (Alan Greenspan on macroeconomics,\r\nBill Gates on informahon technology',\r\nSteven Spielberg on einematograpln).\r\nWould a similar, slim volume\r\nattract national attention if came from an\r\nassistant professor at a Midwestern college?\r\nWould it be considered "important,"\r\na "tour de force," even "profound" b\\'\r\nso uuin\\' rc\\'iewers? Would it be deemed\r\nworth\\ of a Chronicles re\\iew?\r\nThe answers are yes, no, and yes.\r\nThere are many books on foreign policy\r\naround, few that recognize the forest\r\nrather than just a few individual trees.\r\nKissinger's stature and debonair arrogance\r\ncombining the roles of a one-man\r\nthink tank and a prophet are arresting,\r\nbut c\\cn published under a lesser name,\r\nDoes America Need a Foreign Policy?\r\nwould have been noticed for its boldness\r\nand readabilitv'. Though Kissinger steps\r\nwirii gusto on many liberal toes, the dominant\r\nhien-pensants are obliged to be\r\nsmilingly polite to him, even when it\r\nhurts.\r\nThe reason this book deserves scrutiny\r\nfrom those of us who advocate a "realistic"\r\nforeign policy—one based on American\r\nnational interests, pragmatically defined\r\n— is its deeply dccephve...

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