KissingerOn this the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation from office, it’s worth recalling the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and Henry Kissinger’s expanded role in the government, with Nixon on the ropes from Watergate.

The war (pitting Egypt & Syria against Israel), broke out on October 6, 1973 — the inevitable consequence of Israeli policies and provocations under Golda Meir. By October 19, with Israel winning decisively, Kissinger traveled to Moscow to arrange a cease-fire. On his way he stopped in Israel, and reportedly urged the Israelis to gain more ground. Days later the cease-fire collapsed when Israel launched a major offensive that encircled the Egyptian army. Brezhnev then sent a letter to the White House urging joint American-Soviet intervention to stop the fighting. Feeling threatened by Moscow’s wording, Kissinger, with his NSC colleagues, “ordered a worldwide alert of U.S. military forces, including strategic nuclear and air defense forces.” The Kissinger Transcripts (The New Press, 1998)

Kissinger’s desire to keep the Soviets (Russians) out of the so-called Middle East peace process continues today, with no real peace process in sight, just status quo — permanent war. The U.S. and Israel are good with that.