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Kissinger: US Must Remain Allied With Great Britain

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By    |   Saturday, 02 Jul 2016 12:43 PM

The United States should "never accept Great Britain at the end of the queue" following the historic Brexit vote, as the country remains a vital ally to the United States and its interests, Dr. Henry Kissinger said Saturday. At the same time, Kissinger said, we must challenge the European Union to seek an identity that does not act in opposition to the United States.

"We should treat the European Union as a potential partner, " the retired Secretary of State told economist Larry Kudlow on his nationally syndicated radio show Saturday, but not isolate Great Britain.

Great Britain's vote to leave the EU posts "a challenge, if not an opportunity" for the United States to ask itself about what it is doing, but not remain silent in the matter.

When the EU formed he continued, a common market developed, and Europe's political identity evolved, but eventually, the union became "considered intrusive," the elder statesman, who served in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, told Kudlow.

The Kissinger interview followed an opinion piece he wrote this past week for The Wall Street Journal about the Brexit vote, in which he urged statesmen not to recriminate against Great Britain's decision to leave the EU, but rather to "transform setback into opportunity."

Brexit is a classic illustration of the law of unintended consequences," Kissinger wrote in the piece.

"The British government sought a remain vote to end, once and for all, domestic disputes about Europe in a minority of the Conservative Party and among fringe populist groups. Many backers of the Leave campaign were surprised by their success, having understood their political mission initially in much less sweeping terms."

The EU was formed as a rejection of the "worst consequences of European divisions" namely the wars that left tens of millions of Europeans dead in the 20th century, but also affirmed the values that made Europe's countries great, he wrote.

And on Saturday, Kissinger told Kudlow it is important to remember the contributions Great Britain has made to history, and to make sure the nation remains a vital ally.

Likewise, Great Britain must continue its concept of itself as an independent nation, he told Kudlow, standing firm on a comment he made in his WSJ article about how Britain and the EU together "must consider how they might return, at least partially, to their historical role as shapers of international order."

Kissinger also on Saturday discussed the rise of the Islamic State as well with Kudlow, commenting that its push to create a caliphate means it engages with "violations of human dignity."

"The traditional base for ISIS must be destroyed," said Kissinger. "Every month they exist is a recruiting mechanism," and until the terrorists' base in Syria and Iraq is destroyed, "ISIS will continue. The military campaign must be continued."

But that fight must include a component from other Muslim countries, said Kissinger, to restore order to the Middle East.

At the same time, he agreed that it is important to identify the terrorists as Islamic radicals, as their actions of murder and taking hostages are radical.

"That does not say all of Islam is radical," said Kissinger, "but the radical aspect has to be defeated."

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