The Secretary of State,
the Soviet Union
and the Western Alliance
Advocates of Dr. Kissinger's current approach to international affairs until recently managed ingeniously--or, perhaps, disingenuously--to have the public relations game played almost entirely in accordance with their own rules. Having imposed their nomenclature upon discussions of the contemporary state of U.S.-Soviet relations, that is to say misdefining it as detente (implying strongly that there is a genuine, symmetrical beneficial relaxation of tensions--nay, rapprochement--between the superpowers, including sincere cooperation to achieve and maintain world peace), they proceeded then to denounce as opponents of detente all skeptics of the secretary's soi-disant achievements. Consequently, such unconvinced souls could be dismissed as mere warmongers--at least cold-warmongers, if not worse. The slightest murmur of reservations regarding the State Department's current line was met with the retort, uttered in threateningly rumbling gutteral tones, "And what is the alternative, do you prefer a nuclear holocaust?"
It is astonishing how few of the analysts and observers, at least until some weeks ago, dared to challenge the blithe assumption that these are really the only alternatives