Richard Nixon

We could use Kissinger to unravel current events

While Dr. Henry Kissinger served as Chancellor of the College of William and Mary (2000-05), I was a member of the advisory board of the college’s Reves Center of International Studies. I had several opportunities to have informal discussions with him.

During one of his give-and-take sessions Dr. Kissinger had with students majoring in international relations, I asked him what he considered the main driving force that motivated President Nixon and him to cut a deal with China’s Mao Zedong.

Eschewing politically correct or high-brow explanations, he said it was the fear the Soviet Union and Communist China would repair the breach between them, that they would once again form...