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Nichlesh Patel Fingerspitzengfhhl- Henry Kissinger Intuition of Power Kissinger wields more power than any other presidential advisor or Secretary of State in the history of the Republic He is not the conventional American diplomat Kalb 544 Henry Kissinger the statesman who at one point was called the second most powerful man in the world developed a unique political philosophy in which the principles of realpolitik were used for the foundation of strategy while a Machiavellian outlook drove policy implementation This unique mixture of policy and practice the result of the pragmatism was based in the weaknesses that Henry Kissinger saw in the American political system Believing that the American political system was far too idealistic Kissinger was far more cautious in allowing sentiment to jeopardize the formation of policy Allowing him to maneuver quickly and easily through a complex diplomatic world this philosophy utilized power and leverage to the American advantage As was necessary in this high power and tense diplomatic style Henry Kissinger trusted no one around him and constantly used the same methods he employed in international diplomacy to further himself in competition with his rivals Under this Machiavellian philosophy Kissinger had little regard for the legality or morality of his Patel 2 actions and frequently broke laws to circumvent what he believed to be obstacles to success Kissingers European-style philosophy of integrated affairs- a power oriented realism or realpolitik- was rooted in his background Isaacson 760 Henry Kissingers unique political philosophy materialized mainly through his experiences as a child in Nazi controlled Germany Born in Fuerth Germany on May 27 1923 to an Orthodox Jewish family Henry Kissinger found his childhood to be particularly painful Under the Nazi regime the Kissinger family looked inwards to find the support they needed and tried to weather the persecution that they faced When it became apparent to them however in1938 that the Nazis would not pass as a phase the Kissingers
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