Former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, who was a shining light in the darkness of President Richard Nixon's presidency, is calling upon President-elect Donald Trump to "soften" his tone on China and to "analyze the balance" before taking military action. The German-born diplomat, who was nicknamed "Super K" because of his ability to bring opposing factions together, implied that Trump is being presumptuous and is risking the perpetration of an imbalance in relations in the South China Sea.

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What Trump is risking

As Kissinger sees it, Trump is risking not only an imbalance of relations, but also is risking the loss of the realization among China's leading officials that "prolonged coexistence with the United States is in their best interests." If such a realization were to evaporate, China no longer would be seeking improved political and economic relations with the United States. That could result in a meltdown of diplomacy over the fate of Taiwan, a breakdown of trade with Hong Kong, and a hardening of Sino-American relations over North and South Vietnam, and, more importantly, North and South Korea.

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Consequently, the risk of war in the South China Sea, even nuclear war, would be enhanced and America would be forced to choose between complete isolationist policies or nuclear war. Either one of those scenarios would prove to be a challenge for Trump and his newly appointed, largely corporate based, politically inexperienced Cabinet.

Gulf States fear nuclear war

On the other side of the globe, the Gulf States already fear the onset of nuclear war during Trump's presidency.

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The fear is predicated upon Trump's total lack of experience in foreign affairs, his propensity towards insulting foreign leaders with whom he disagrees, and his insistence that Muslim immigration into the United States be curtailed until his administration knows "what is going on." Gulf State leaders believe that Trump's tough, unrelenting policies towards the Middle East will cause somebody to be trigger happy and take actions that will be met with a nuclear response, thus culminating in a nuclear war.

The "Super K" magic

When Kissinger was Secretary of State, America was deeply mired in the Watergate Scandal that totally and unequivocally plagued the Nixon Administration. The scandal involved nearly every single member of Nixon's Cabinet, including four Attorneys General, a Vice-President who was forced to resign, and an entire regiment of presidential advisors who ended up in prison. Ultimately, Nixon himself was forced to resign.

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Throughout the entire Watergate Scandal, the one knight in shining armor was Dr. Henry Kissinger, who was totally untouched by the scandal. The Secretary engaged in "shuttle diplomacy," often traveling to visit leaders of opposing factions within the same day. He knew how to add drama to his diplomacy by standing outside his helicopters and talking to reporters while the helicopter's engines were blaring.

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This added to Kissinger's mystique and accentuated his influence and power within the Nixon Administration. That is why Kissinger's advice to Trump over how to handle Sino-American relations still is taken seriously today by many factions across the globe. Of course, the real concern is whether Trump will take Kissinger's advice, and that is another matter altogether.

Cruz predicts American revival

Meanwhile, defeated 2016 Presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, (R), is predicting that America is about to have a "revival." Cruz states, however, that his revival will have to wait until a new Supreme Court is seated. A number of sources have asserted that Cruz is hoping to be appointed to the high court himself. That, of course, would depend on Senate confirmation by Cruz's colleagues. Some believe in dreaming big despite the odds.

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