Kissinger’s close friends reveal firsthand glimpse into the life and career of the diplomatic giant

Although former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger did not seek controversy, he had a storied career as a politician and spent much of his adult life in the public eye. His close friends are now shedding light on the man behind the diplomat.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “Most of the criticism of Dr. Kissinger is extremely unfair. He was a powerful man who cared about America.” FOX Nation's “Kissinger'' special feature.

The German-born American diplomat, scholar, and presidential advisor who served as secretary of state for two presidents and left a mark on American foreign policy for decades died last week at the age of 100.

FOX Nation special “Kissinger” This book takes a closer look at the dominant figures in foreign policy through the eyes of close friends KT McFarland, Mike Pompeo, and Niall Ferguson.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger dies at 100 years old

Kissinger was born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923 in Germany. His family then fled the Nazis and arrived in the United States when he was 15 years old.

He entered world politics in 1969 when he was appointed National Security Advisor to President Richard Nixon. From there he rose to become Secretary of State and served in both the Nixon and Ford administrations.

As a diplomat, he was known as an ardent supporter of realpolitik. His notable accomplishments include promoting peace in the Middle East, helping repair relations between the United States and China, and initiating the Paris peace negotiations that ultimately led to the United States' withdrawal from the Vietnam War. He also promoted a policy of détente with the Soviet Union.

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Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for his role in negotiating the Paris Peace Accords, which ended the war by ending direct U.S. military involvement in Vietnam.

“He was always able to look at problems solely from the perspective of the United States and our interests. What about the other country? What do they need? Its leaders have their own domestic objectives, their own What do we need for foreign countries?” Policy? “Former National Security Adviser KT McFarland said: FOX Nation Special.

“And I think that's why Kissinger was ultimately successful.”

Mr. McFarland, who first met Mr. Kissinger when he was 18 and worked as a night secretary in the White House Situation Room, described the diplomat as first his boss, then his mentor, and finally He said they were friends.

Mr. Pompeo met Mr. Kissinger around 2013 after he was nominated to head the CIA, and said the former National Security Council chief was a great leader.

“His wisdom was extremely important. His insight has proven incredibly valuable to me over the course of four years,” Pompeo said.

Despite Kissinger's impressive portfolio, he was not without criticism. He gained a reputation as a ladies' man and was also accused of needlessly prolonging the Vietnam War at the cost of tens of thousands of American lives.


Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger watches the New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York on August 28, 2007. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Among other criticisms, Niall Ferguson, author of “Kissinger 1923-1968: The Idealist,'' said Kissinger's achievements cannot be reduced to a “sacred figure'' or “Bond villain.'' he claimed.

“You can't really paint Henry Kissinger as just a saintly prince, a super-K, the ultimate diplomat, or just a Bond villain, that Dr. Evil kind of guy, as some critics like to do. 'These two versions are oversimplifications,' he said.

Kissinger made history during his lifetime, and his legacy continues to influence the United States and foreign policy. For a glimpse into the life of a man who defined world affairs in the 20th century, watch: FOX Nation's “Kissinger” Currently streaming.

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FOX News' Adam Sabes contributed to this report.



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