#Henry Kissinger, one of America’s most infamous diplomatic strategists, chose his words carefully when asked about Rex Tillerson. “The normal tendency when you come into that job is to increase your visibility and to show that you are present and in charge,” Kissinger charged in an interview. “He wanted to first inform himself of all the nuances. I was impressed by the confidence and self-assurance that he showed.”

That's one way of looking at the mysterious style of the newest Secretary of State in eight years. Maybe this is how a wise man takes stock in a chaotic and out of control setting.

Four decades ago, when Mr. Kissinger was building diplomacy in the #Middle East and opening up China, he would cozy up to the press and distribute spin on the latest diplomatic maneuvers, as well as giving tutorials on foreign diplomacy. This is the man who said 'Power is the great aphrodisiac.'

He also said: 'The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.'

1969 and 1977. During 70, Kissinger pioneered a beneficial state of détente with the Soviet Union, and opened relations with the People's Republic of China, as well as negotiating the Paris Peace Accords, which ended American involvement in the troubling Vietnam War.