Kissinger calls Brzezinski “a total whore”


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The oft-tedious books, usually perused by policy wonks and history buffs, are released about three decades after the fact, often long after the principals are gone from the scene.

But not always.

A volume published Monday — first flagged by Micah Zenko, the Douglas Dillon fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (who actually reads these tomes) — includes notes of internal discussions on the energy crisis of 1974-1980.

There’s a March 1976 meeting of top Ford administration officials: Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and others.

The CIA- installed Shah of Iran was in power, and Ford was running against Ronald Reagan in the GOP primaries and soon to face Jimmy Carter in the general election.

Kissinger, now 89, complains about attacks by Reagan and a prominent Democratic senator and says: “They’ve been going around for weeks attacking American foreign policy and accusing us of weakness. And the first time I hit back, they call it unfair. But I’ve got news for them, I’m going to hit them again in Dallas on March 22.”

Scowcroft, 87, says: “Even Carter hit back. I understand he’s got [Zbigniew] Brzezinski working for him. That won’t help him very much.”

Kissinger:”Brzezinski is a total whore. He’s been on every side of every argument. He wrote a book on “Peaceful Engagement” [in 1965] and now that we are doing most of what he said in the book, he charges us with weakness.”

We’ve asked for comment from Kissinger and Brzezinski.

Brzezinski, now 84, e-mailed: “Henry is a friend of mine — he must have meant ‘bore.’”

Nothing yet from Kissinger.

At another meeting, on Dec. 9, 1974, we find Kissinger again displeased. “We have all of these eunuchs from David Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission running around town saying that we are trying to confront the Arabs. . . . I don’t know whatever possessed me to give those idiots my blessing.”

Eunuchs? Idiots? We always thought of it as a shadowy, all-powerful, world-controlling organization, bigger even than the Bilderburg Group.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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