"Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) holds an umbrella for former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger against the rain to see him off after a meeting in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 12, 2009. Kissinger and his delegation came to Beijing for the inaugural China-U.S. Track Two High-Level Dialogue, which gathered dozens of retired eminent diplomats and officials from both countries. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
Track Two diplomacy is a special type of
diplomacy social engineering when supposedly "neutral" people, like former diplomats and members of think tanks, get together off-line and try to iron out problems affecting nation states. These people don't have the same constraints as public officials, so the thinking goes that they can speak freely and make better progress. Of course, people conducting track two diplomacy are also not ACCOUNTABLE to the public. So theoretically, if everyone was a former this-or-that in a track two diplomacy meeting, one might argue that such meetings are ethical, since no one has direct access to the levers of power.
However in this case, the former officials from the US side are meeting with the CURRENT OFFICIALS on the Chinese side.
Sorry but that does not qualify as track two diplomacy.
Why should unelected former officials, ie: PRIVATE CITIZENS, with PRIVATE INTERESTS, be meeting with current Chinese officials to shape policy? Policy that affects billions of people?
One long-time Track II practitioner simply describes what he does as "practicing foreign policy without a license." http://carnegie.org/publications/carnegie-reporter/single/view/article/item/136/
BECAUSE these PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS are WHOLLY UNACCOUNTABLE to the countless people affected by their SECRET NEGOTIATIONS.
Henry Kissinger and his delegation inaugurated a high level ("track two") diplomacy with Chinese officials in 2009. They met in Beijing in 2009, Washington in 2010, and just this past week again in Beijing.
The US delegation included former secretary of state George P. Shultz, former secretary of the treasury Robert Rubin and former US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Michael Mullen...."These officials will surely brief the current administration when they return home. Besides, some US officials, like Kissinger and Shultz, who worked in think tanks, will influence public opinion through their organizations," Qu said.
Oh indeed. SOCIAL ENGINEERING after the fact.
"Vice-Premier Li Keqiang meets former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger on Tuesday at the Great Hall of The People in Beijing. Kissinger led a delegation of prominent former diplomats attending the China-US Track Two High-Level Dialogue. [Ren chenming / China News Service]"
Just a year ago, China's CURRENT Foreign Minister met with Henry Kissinger. And the next day Hillary Clinton said: "We are preparing diligently for the upcoming state visit by President Hu Jintao. It is very much anticipated and looked forward to, and both the minister and I feel a great sense of responsibility to ensure that it continues the positive, cooperative, comprehensive relationship between our two countries."
In the West, track-two diplomacy refers to non-official dialogue often involving academics and think tanks.The purpose of the dialogue is to enhance communication and educate the public on foreign policy, according to Sun Zhe, a professor on US politics at Tsinghua University.
"In the West..." track two diplomacy refers to non-official dialogue involving academics and think tanks, but is there a different definition in the East? Because it sure seems that there must be a different definition to account for the fact that current Chinese officials are having these policy discussions with former US officials. We think everyone is just not supposed to notice the tremendous conflict of interest?
We can't find the complete list of the Kissinger Delegations. Evidently, it is not a matter of public record. That's because these people don't represent the public. But you can be sure that whatever they are discussing, it will affect people world wide.
Kissinger Delegation members may include Robert Rubin, "formerly" of Goldman Sachs and the US Treasury. Jami Miscik, "formerly" of the CIA (Intelligence Chief) and Lehman Brothers. Carla Hills, longtime political adviser, current advisor to JP Morgan and member of the CFR,
People like Robert Gates and Mike Mullen, "formerly" of the DOD.
"U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen (R) arrive at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 31, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to examine the ongoing military operation in Libya. ( - Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)"
View a high resolution image of the October 2010 meeting here, and see for yourself, as they sit around the big table discussing matters that affect billions of people worldwide.
A few months after the 2010 meeting, Obama hosted Chinese President Hu Jintao and had a state dinner inviting, among others, Henry Kissinger, Madeline Albright, Jamie Rubin, Howard Berman, Lloyd Blankfein, Zbigniew Brzezinski , et al.
Cheers. Or should we say, mazel tov.
MOSCOW, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Visiting former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin discussed global issues Friday, and vowed to enhance ties between the two countries.In 2007, the Kissinger Delegation met Putin.
Without giving details of the talks, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the "private meeting" lasted some 40 minutes, local press reported Saturday.
Interfax news agency said Kissinger described the bilateral relations as "of key global importance" and expressed hope they would keep improving.
The pair met frequently in recent years, as Kissinger once called Putin "extremely intelligent" in 2007, while Putin said in 2006 that the two can "understand each other well" and can find compromise.
Russian media noted that Friday's meeting came just weeks before the March 4 presidential elections, in which Putin is seeking a third term as president.
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger flew to Moscow this week with a bunch of neo-conservative heavyweights, for a deliberately concealed meeting with Russia's President Putin.
Kissinger's delegation included former Secretary of State George Schultz, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, former Special Representative for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Thomas Graham, former US Senator Sam Nunn and Chevron Oil Company chairman and chief executive officer, David O'Reilly.
News of the meeting has been suppressed or ignored by most of the mainstream Western media but was reported in Russia. But the exact contexts retain an aura of mystery.
Only a brief comment by Kissinger after the meeting was reported: ``We appreciate the time that President Putin gave us and his frankness.”
When will the world be delivered from this creature, and the many others, who live to ripe old age as they suck the life-blood out of humanity?
Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger arrives with his wife, Nancy, for the state dinner [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters] January 2011