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April 24, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 15

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ven_Need A Straight Man Northweit Arkansas TIMES, Wed., April 24, 1974 rAVtTTKVILLI, ARKANIAI T5 ,l!l s '"? er - ' D '^ They Stop Using Beautiful Women?' ED1T01VS NO'l'U; ThuyVo done cvcrythlni! but write, »,,,,«« about the Journeys of lle,nry A KIsshiHcr. "Shullle diplomacy' was n jilirnsc colnc I oin-liri- this year lo deHcrlbo h c , h toward Mletaisl I'eaco ,t there i, much more t h a r whirlwind travel and IrcntiuK Following lire olisorvnllons ot n newsman who has logi/oel morr Ihan 95.000 air miles coveTM fi him. f a By BAniiY scmvicm WASHINGTON (AP) _ Ar_ - Sftutli Arabia past . Henry Klssingei shuffled to Ihe rear of the blue- and-whlte nocmi! 707 ,inl askc In his best Puckish air: golns to d The 14 travel-weary newsmen, none looking forward lo joyless Riyadh, only shrugged. But Ihe irrepressible Kissinger can triumph even without a straight man. His lower lii protruding In mock seriousness he declared sadly: "Never have I known so many secrols. Why don't they ever try lo seduce me with ueaulitul women?" After a pause "It kills me " The byplay with a press corps he sometimes plays like a cello is part Kissinger sport and also revealing. Forget the "swinger" reputation, so carefully cultivated before he married Nancy Maginnes. The secretary of state squired Liv Ullman, Jill St. John and other fan-magazine beauties to conspicuous embassy parties, but with 14-hour Working days he had no time for romantic abandon. And while it may be an ego trip to carry U.S. diplomacy around the world in your hip pocket, it is also deadly serious business. It helps to have a sense o1 humor. If you have Kissinger's Job, it also helps to have an iron constitution. In his first half-year as secretary of state, Kissinger logged 114,170 miles flying to 24 countries. The term "shuttle diplomacy" was coined to describe the daily jetting in January between Egypt and Israel that p r o d u c e d a troop disengagement along the Suez Canal. STYLE ADJUSTMENTS With every stop, every world leader and also every minor- league potentate, Kissinger has to make an adjustment in style and approach. He enters Chairman Mao tse- Tung's home at Chung Nan Hai like an acolyte in a cathedral. He is easier with Premier Chou en-Lai, the animated cog wheel of Sino-Ainerican detente and to Kissinger "the greatesl statesman of our era." Dealing with ascelic King Faisal, who draws on the? Ko ran for his ardent anti-Zionism is a trial. His voice is barely audible in the public presence of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who always refers to him easily as "Henry" and even once 01 twice as "my friend, my broth er." He must practice patience with the Israelis and the Syrians, who are often exasperating. The Israelis because their Cabinet form of government and Talmudic argumentation generate extensive debate on fine points that Sadat can resolve with autonomous dispatch. The Syrians bevause they are quixotic. He is combative and tense dueling with Michel Jobert, the feisty French foreign minister who undercut Kissinger by blocking a united front on the Arab oil embargo and an easy accommodation between t h e Common Market and the United States. He is at home and visibly aglow with the Germans for both their gemuthchkett and support of his European policies. There is no visible trace of the inner conflict often felt by Jews who fled for their lives from Ihe Nazis a generalion ago. He is deadly serious dealing wilh Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet Iradcr, and finds him not the most delicate of men. But he has ie secure, comfortable relationship with Ambassador Anntoly F. Dobrynin, through whom he practices day-to-day detente. Brezhnev can be brusque Twenty-Mile Hike To Aid Retarded A Bicycle Hike will be sponsored May 1 (is a f u n d raising event by the Northwest Arkansas Association for Retarded Children. The 20-mile hike w i l l begin at 10 a.m. at Fnyctlevillo City Park nnd will terminate! at the Washington County School For Trninnble Children. Host slops arc ralnbllshrd nt Mount C o m f o r t , Wheeler Junction, nnd Johnson M i l l . A picnic meal will bo served on the the hike. Miko Davis, c l i n i r m n n of the hike, said that niiyono wlalilnK to rirlo inny ohlnln r n l r y forms nt tin 1 school or by c a l l i n g him nl f21-5!)7(l. Participants sc'diro pledges for I ho number of nil Ins completed n n i l this proceeds will Kn lo support tho npnus'orinK agency, llo said !10 per cent of thei prncuwU will mmiln In the nroa. Thorn wrro 2fl participant!! last your mid ! ) / i v l » xnld It In hoped Ihn n i i m l i n r w i l l br 111- (·reused t h i n y i ' i i r . A Umil of $1,11(10 lni» been sul. l.mil yufir'it proceeds woro $,'I(HI. ----- Ihe negotiating table nnd also theatrical. Olio mlcky (iuy in the Krern n ho suddenly Jumped to his fcut and daimiulculiy headed fur llic door to show his dls- P wiaiire with the U.S. point ol view. Kissinger lurncd to Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko nnd nirlly suggested this meant Ihey had lo move on to the next item. TAKES HINT llrczhncv was boxed inlo completing his mil from the room, nut then how could he be brought back with minimal em- '··.irrussmcnt? Gromyko suggested it was time for a tea break -- in an adjoining room. Kissinger look Ihe hint. When Ihcy returned Brezhnev iid resumed his place at Ihe table and Ihe negotiations proceeded. Working with Kissinger is de- landing, exhillrating, fascinat- -.ig and even mind-stretching, according lo four Slate Depart- m e n t i n t i m a t e s : Undersecretary Josc-ph Sisco, Ambassador Robert McCloskey Policy Planning Director Win ston Lord and legal adviser Carlyle Maw. But the grind caused George Vest, a sensitive career officer to ask to be relieved as Kissin ger's spokesman. Others have also quit his service; still oth ers declined lo work for him. One secretary firmly refusec to endure another shuttle ven ture in the Middle East. Anoth Pudgy and sightly awkward. issingcr has never completely mastered the art of reviewing honor guards. One sunny November morn- ng In Morocco he raced past a ilaloon of Berbers so quickly hat the sergeant almost planted his sword in the beaming secrelary of slate's o u t stretched arm. Kissinger, bubbling, remctn- jers the occasion as "the day I almost shook hands with a sword." He Is chagrined, however, al he memory of one allempt at ileasant conversation with Faisal. 'Is that an Arabian desert?" er froze into silence when a re porter asked if Kissinger was very demanding. Cofte-sippers in the depart ment cafeteria grumble thai Kissinger ignores "the bureau cracy," trusting only a few in timales. But that's a view from the of flee. The polls show him to be the most admired American. Why is his diplomacy sue :essful? "1 think you have to begin with the fact that despite the pace of activity he keeps he has enormous patience, and he is willing to allow the other side to state its point of view,' said McCloskey. "There he is listening. He shows the other side, whoever it is and however smaller i may be than the United States a respect which generates its own kind of confidence in him.' BROAD CAPACITY Sisco: "He has the capacity to see a problem in broad strategic terms and to translate it into meaningful, tactical, op erational carry-through." Lord: "He has both the histo nan s and academic's breadth and perception, and the oper ational skills of a'diplomat and bureaucrat." Maw: "He's extraordinarilj brilliant and has the odd com bination of good common sense and hard work." Mostly, then, to assistants who have sat with him across the table from Chou and shut tied wilh him between Sadal arid the Israeli cabinet, Kissin ger is a skilled tactician and a pragmalic scholar. He is rarely charged wiih being sentimental or a moral 1st. He was plainly touched by Yad Vashem, the memorial in Jerusalem to the 6 million Jews -- more than a dozen of them relatives -- who were killed by the Nazis and their colla'bora tors. But Congress has discovered it is a waste of time to try to overwhelm him with the pligh of Jews and other minorities reslricled from leaving the Soviet Union. Kissinger coolly cites statistics that the outward flow has more than doubled ii Ihe last three years. When Alexander Solzhenilsyn was exilexl from the Soviet Un ion. Kissinger managed the for ma! observation that "the Uniled States has always look ed with sympathy and great ap preciation at the expression o freedom of thought in all so cieties." Enjoying as he does a pleasant relationship with the State Department and White House press, some in the corps have detected at the same time tendency to put them on. "Absolutely," he replied on the flight home from Moscov. March 28 when a reporlei asked politely whether he was gelling married. Since Kissin ger had given the same re sponsc lo the same question before, no one took the answer seriously -- especially when he added solemnly lhat if he ever did they would have four or five hours advance word. He married Miss Maginne two days later in a private cer ;mony successfully shielded 'rom Ihe press NO SECRETS At a dinner given by the Cl,,- nese last October he playfully .endcrcd the advice that they would find it impossible to keep secrets from the American ress about to accompany him lo the mainland. The newsmen beamed wilh pride, especially those Kissinger h n d singled out by name. A few hours lalcr, they could pander his remarks in frustra- lon as he flew lo Moscow on a secret Middle F.nst mission lone of Ihe had even guessed vns In Ihe offing. Malicious? Maybe a little, nut more likely n facet of Kissinger's unusual wit-, which he inppily trains on almost every- me, except Mao nnd Faisal. He ilso Is quick lo t u r n it on h i m self. At a press conference the day iflc-r President Nixon noml- uilcel him for secretary of stale, n rcporler asked: "Do you prefer to to called Mr, Kocrclnry' or 'Dr. Sccrc- n r v ' 7 " Msalritfor allot hack; "I don't i l n n d on prolocol, If you will H'il. cull mo 'Kxcollency' It will in iiliny." (Kissinger Ineiulrcd amiably about a painling on Ihe wall. "That's a holy oasis," Ihe King responded and then fell darkly silent. "There's another t h r e e months ot the oil embargo," Kissinger recalls telling h i m self. And ho probably never should have told u handful of Latin American foreign ministers in Mexico that his spcch was coming slowly because he writes in German and then has to he Iranslated into English. They believed him. Kissinger's principal successes arc in seeking a nuclear- age accommodation with the Soviet Union and China and in trying lo reverse a quarter-century of hosllllly In tho Middle East between Israel and her Arab neighbors. These policies face fresh challenges in Ihis second half of his first year as secretary of slate. The Soviet Union, sensing perhaps lhal it may be able lo wrench concessions from an Administration weakened by Watergate, has made weapons proposals that Kissinger finds "unacceptable." The question Is whether a balance can be struck to produce a new treaty this year expanding the scope of the pilot agreement. China, aflcr smoothly pursuing a friendly line toward Washington, appears to be con- sielering a reversal while it experiences domestic unrest. One sign: Chou En-lai has publicly mocked Nixon's claim to be laying the foundation for a "generation of peace," Kissinger's performance in Ihe Middle Easl is probably his most nolable achievement so far. He has not only arranged a truce between Israel and Egypt, hut Cairo has 'been coaxed away from the Soviet orbit, However, it is generally agreed that President Sadat cannot range too wide of his Arab allies. This means Kissinger Is uneler pressure to bring Syria and Jordan into curly set- llemcnls with Israel. On the elcbit side of the foreign policy ledger is the steady deterioration of rclalions between the United States and its traditional Western European allies. The new Atlantic charter Kissinger confidently proposed a year ago remains unwritten while the Europei-ans, led by France, object to admitting Washington to their political and economic forums. 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