Kissinger: Thatcher a ‘Warm Person’ With Strong Convictions

Monday, 08 Apr 2013 11:58 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had warm words Monday when speaking of the late Margaret Thatcher, who died at 87 following a stroke.

While Thatcher, who was Britain’s first female prime minister, was often called “The Iron Lady,” Kissinger had different memories of her.

Story continues below video.

“She was a great lady,” Kissinger told NBC News. “She had very strong opinions and for those of us who knew her over the decades, she was a very warm person, which is not the public image that is often given.”

Kissinger also told the BBC that Thatcher was a “great leader” and a “good friend of the United States.”

In a separate interview with CNN, Kissinger described Thatcher as “a leader of strong convictions, great leadership abilities, and extraordinary personality.”

“She was a woman who [knew that] a leader needed to have strong convictions because the public had no way of orienting itself unless its leadership, its leaders, gave it the real push,” he said. “She didn’t think it was her job to find the middle ground.”

Kissinger said that for Britain, Thatcher’s greatest success was defeating the Argentines in the war over the Falkland Islands, but in the United States she would be remembered for her “staunch loyalty and commitment to the Atlantic Alliance.”

“She was a reliable and steady ally and she was also ... maybe the first allied leader who understood the possibilities of ending the Cold War by her recognition of the flexibility that Gorbachev was bringing to Soviet policy.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Report: Emails Show Justice Dept. Involved in IRS Tea Party Probe

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 19:01 PM

Embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner last year discussed working with the Justice Department to prosecute nonprofit . . .

White House Census Changes Mask Obamacare Impact

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 13:55 PM

The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than 30 years, is revising its annual surv . . .

Tributes Planned to Mark Boston Marathon Bombing

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 06:17 AM

The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings promises to be a day of tributes to the three people who died, the more  . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved